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Welcome! The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a regional collaboration dedicated to the revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor, as it runs through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in the California Bay Area.

If you're new to the Grand Boulevard, please watch the video to the right or visit the About Us section.



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Can Reducing Traffic Lane Widths Improve Safety?

Jeff Speck tackles the issue of lane-width and safety in the online publication, The Atlantic CityLab. Speck provides evidence to support 10-foot wide traffic lanes for pedestrian safety as opposed to the 12-foot wide traffic lanes that are currently the standard for urban roadways and transportation corridors like El Camino Real. For a great read, check out the article here.

 

Just Released: Economic & Housing Opportunities Assessment (ECHO) Phase II

The ECHOII report provides potential strategies and tools for GBI communities to overcome barriers to infil development in the El Camino Real Corridor. The overarching strategies include:
  • Plan for Vibrant Activity Nodes
  • Align Land Use Regulations with Market and Physical Conditions
  • Coordinate Public and Private Investment to Create Walkable Places and Support Desired Development
The strategies and tools suggested in this report are based on thorough analysis of case studies in four cities that are representative of common conditions and challenges along the Corridor. 

Click here to learn more and read the ECHOII Report

 

Corridor Guidance - TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report Now Available!

sustainable streetsCalifornia State Route 82, El Camino Real/Mission Street, is seen by local communities as a barrier to livability and walkability, rather than a community asset. The TIGER II Complete Streets Project, funded by a US Department of Transportation TIGER II Planning Grant, seeks to overcome this situation by facilitating the re-design of the roadway to integrate sustainable development and encourage pedestrians, transit, and investment in the El Camino Real Corridor.

Check out the TIGER II Complete Streets Final Report to learn about the process for transforming an urban State Highway into a complete/sustainable street and for guidance on future streetscape designs in the El Camino Real Corridor and other urban transportation corridors across the nation.

Click here for more information and to download a copy of the Final Report. 
 

NEW!! 2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report

The 2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report showcases the success of the member organizations towards achieving the Grand Boulevard Vision. The document summarizes Grand Boulevard studies and highlights exceptional projects and plans in each Corridor jurisdiction. A foldout insert to the document contains an infographic that tells the story of the history, present, and future of the El Camino Real Corridor. Click the links below to view the full document and infographic.

2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report (PDF)

Changing Corridor Infographic (PDF)  
Changing Corridor Infographic (GIF) 

To request printed copies of the Progress Report email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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