Grand Boulevard Initiative Forges Connections at the 2015 TransForm Summit
In front of an engaged and enthusiastic audience at the 2015 TransForm Summit, the cities of San Mateo and Mountain View described the City of San Mateo Sustainable Streets Plan and the City of Mountain View El Camino Precise Plan. These planning projects, which reflect the Grand Boulevard Initiative Vision, can serve as models of successful outreach for other communities and organizations. Community leaders from Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also shared their lessons learned through these projects’ outreach processes. Overall, the panelists suggested the best way to have a meaningful impact is to submit well-researched comments at the appropriate time, attend community meetings, encourage fellow community members to attend meetings who have not attended in the past, and reach out to your elected officials. We were also excited to learn that a majority of the audience knew of the Grand Boulevard Initiative prior to the session. Our hard work in spreading the word about the Initiative is paying off! Take a look at the presentation. Big thanks to our panelists as well as our wonderful audience!
East Side Connect Project Completed in San Carlos
In an effort to promote connectivity within the City of San Carlos and to enhance accessibility to residents, the East Side Connect Project was developed along the entire length of Old County Road. This stretch of road is now a complete street, meaning that it provides safe and comfortable environment for many modes of transportation, including walking and biking.
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Grand Boulevard Initiative To Be Featured at 2015 TransForm Summit!
Grand Boulevard Initiative will be highlighted in an action-oriented workshop at TransForm's 2015 Let's Get Moving, Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit on March 7th at De Anza College in Cupertino. Come learn about successful community outreach efforts happening in the El Camino Real Corridor communities. The cities of San Mateo and Mountain View will provide two distinct planning success stories that other communities and organizations can look to as examples when preparing plans in their own communities. Community leaders from Greenbelt Alliance and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition also will share their lessons learned throughout the outreach process. We are excited to be a part of this gathering and we encourage you to attend. Tickets for the summit are available for purchase online. We look forward to seeing you there!
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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!
California 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.