Churchill Avenue Enhanced Bikeway Project

  • Project typeTraffic and Transportation
  • Project value$3,580,679
  • Completion DateDecember 31, 2023


Project Description

The Churchill Avenue Enhanced Bikeway is a Council-approved project and was identified as priority project in the Trails and Shared Use Pathways element of the City's 2012 Bicycle + Pedestrian Transportation Plan(PDF, 19MB). This connection provides a comfortable off-street bicycle route linking the Stanford Perimeter trail, Palo Alto Unified School District, the Castilleja-Park-Wilkie bicycle boulevards to downtown Palo Alto and Caltrain. These connections are of local and regional significance. Completing a missing link in a shared-use path will invite new bicycle travel, with associated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and traffic congestion. This project also includes safety improvements at the intersection of El Camino Real and Churchill Avenue. 

Scope of Work

  • Extend existing bicycle path on Churchill Ave from Castilleja to the Stanford Perimeter Trail
  • Add high visibility crosswalks at Castilleja
  • New lighting and curb improvements at Castilleja
  • Raised crosswalk (speed table) at Madrono
  • Restriping and repaving on Churchill
  • Landscaping/tree planting along school frontage
  • Remove pork chop island - Add a right turn only storage lane on westbound Churchill to northbound El Camino Real
  • Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian crosswalks at all 3 crossings of intersection of El Camino Real

Project Status

Staff has completed 65% design plans and will require Palo Alto School District approval of an easement in order to complete final design. 

Project Timeline

  • March 2014 to June 2018 – City awarded contract to Sandis Engineering for design of the Project. City began outreach to the community and related partners: PAUSD, Stanford, and Caltrans. City began 65% design plans.
  • July 2018 – Project was placed on hold due to staffing shortages in the Office of Transportation
  • November 2019 – City restarted 65% project design
  • January 2021 to May 2021 – City scheduled meetings to provide updates to the School Board, Stanford, PABAC and City school Traffic Safety Committee, and the Community
  • June 2021 to June 2022 – Project on hold 
  • June 2022 to September 2022 – Complete 100% design plans and prepare construction documents
  • September 2022 to December 2022 – Go out to bid and begin construction of the project
  • December 2023 – Complete construction of the project


October 7, 2019 - City Council 
February 9, 2021- Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board Meeting
February 18, 2021 - City/School Traffic Safety Committee (CSTSC) 
March 2, 2021 - Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC)
May 24, 2022 - PAUSD Board Meeting



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