Open House for Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Projects
The City is hosting an open house to present preliminary construction documents for neighborhood traffic safety projects that are planned to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety and connectivity for people biking and walking in Palo Alto.
The open house will be held:
When: Tuesday, Nov. 29 Time: 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. Where: Mitchell Park Community Center, Adobe Room 3700 Middlefield Road
The street segments that will be presented at the open house are:
• Amarillo Ave - Moreno Ave • Bryant Street "Refresh" • Louis Rd-Montrose Ave • Ross Road • Maybell Ave • Park Blvd – Wilkie Way • Bryant St Extension
Bicycle Boulevard projects are local streets that typically include special signing and pavement markings and traffic calming measures to discourage non-local traffic and encourage lower travel speeds. The City pioneered the first bicycle boulevard in 1982, when it converted the residential Bryant Street, north of East Meadow Drive, into a street that prioritized bicycle travel. It is known as the Ellen Fletcher Bicycle Boulevard.
Bicycle Boulevard characteristics include:
• Low traffic volumes and low vehicle speeds • Non-local vehicle traffic discouraged • Reduced number of stop signs
Community outreach and participation have been instrumental in shaping the locations and types of improvements for each project. The concept plans were approved by City Council and the construction documents are 75 percent complete, with construction anticipated in Spring/Summer 2017.