Andrew Boone covers the Livable Streets Movements for Streetsblog in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Andrew's claim to fame is once having bicycled more than 12,000 miles of smiles in one year. firstname.lastname@example.org
The main corridor connecting San Francisco with Silicon Valley is plagued by crowded trains, a congested Highway 101, and ineffective public bus services. "Let's imagine a railroad that has so much capacity and utility that people are using it for all kinds of trips," says SPUR's Transportation Policy Director.
“The goal here is to make a consistent travel time for carpools and buses,” said San Mateo County Transportation Authority Deputy Project Manager Leo Scott. "If we can do that, we incentivize the movement from single occupancy cars to higher occupancy vehicles.” At the same time, widening the highway to ten lanes does exactly the opposite, creating more space for more single occupancy vehicles - Caltrans is expecting the number of vehicles on Highway 101 to jump between four to seven percent in just the next three years.
South San Francisco will rebuild a one-mile segment of El Camino Real this Spring with wider sidewalks, safer crosswalks, curb extensions, pedestrian refuges, bike lanes, and new street trees planted in both the medians and sidewalks. However, the bike lanes won’t be continuous–to preserve curbside parking, in places they will disappear. And some intersections will […]
More traffic going into more lanes for hundreds of millions of dollars rather than investing in potential transit solutions is, sadly, still business as usual in San Mateo County.
This article is part of Streetsblog’s coverage of transportation sales tax measures throughout the state. There are a total of fourteen such initiatives on the November ballot, including Measure M in Los Angeles, Measures V and L in Merced and Stanislaus counties, Sacramento’s Measure B, and Contra Costa’s Measure X. We have also covered other Bay […]
On Tuesday evening, the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to continue contract negotiations for replacing the city’s existing 35 bike-share bikes with 350 new SoBi “smart bikes”. Unlike today’s Bay Area Bike Share bikes, SoBi bikes are equipped with an on-board lock so they aren’t dependent on fixed docking stations to operate. Customers can […]