Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Projects – Phase 1
July 26, 2018: The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Projects - Phase 1 timeframe is currently being re-evaluated. The City Council held a Study Session on June 12, 2018 at the Mitchell Park Community Center to hear from the community on the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevards – Phase 1 Project. At the meeting, City Manager Jim Keene let the group know that comments would be collected and summarized in a project update report. Below is a link to the informational report that is in the July 30 City Council packet with next steps and responses to community questions. https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/66090.
All work on Louis related to the recent street closure for artwork installation (July 23-26) has now been completed. See the finished work on the City's Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofpaloalto) or the City's Twitter page (@cityofpaloalto).
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Prioritization
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Projects - Phase 1 is currently in construction. It is a Council-approved project to enhance local Palo Alto streets to reduce automobile speeds and to prioritize safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Phase 1 of the project broke ground in September 2017 and construction will be completed in October 2018. This seven-mile-long project will be constructed in 2000-foot-long segments (about half-a-mile) to minimize impacts to residential neighborhoods and schools. The City has selected Granite Construction Company to begin construction of the first phase of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Project. Construction is currently underway on Ross Road between Garland Drive and Louis Road.
How long will it take to build?
The construction phase of this 7-mile long road safety project is anticipated to last one year. The project has been broken into 9 segments for construction to minimize impacts. Each segment will take approximately 1.5 - 3 months to complete, with some overlap between the segments. We appreciate your patience during the construction phase, flaggers will be on site to assist motorists and some detours may be necessary at times.
Neighborhood Beautification & Environmental Benefits
In-street chicanes with new street trees will be installed along Ross Rd, providing both traffic calming, shade and neighborhood beautification. Landscaping is also included in many of the curb extensions project-wide, in addition to green stormwater infrastructure which reduces the amount of urban stormwater pollution that enters the San Francisco Bay.
The project represents a significant step towards Palo Alto’s vision of a system of neighborhood bicycle routes that provide continuous, low-stress on-street bikeways with travel time and safety improvements to support a growing number of commuters choosing to ride a bicycle for transportation. For pedestrians, the project adds several crosswalks, improves sightlines at intersections, and creates more safe cycling conditions in the street which means fewer bicycles riding on city sidewalks. Neighborhood traffic calming also makes Palo Alto’s residential communities less desirable as short-cuts for regional commuters and enhances the community’s quality of life.
Roadway Markings & Wayfinding
Bicycle roadway markings such as sharrows and bicycle boulevard legends, as well as wayfinding signage, will help define routes and orient cyclists and pedestrians to local institutions and regional destinations. Green paint will be used sparingly to indicate important conflict areas, and increase the visibility of cyclists where needed.
What roads are part of the project?
The following roads are a part of the project:
- Ross Road
- Amarillo Avenue
- Moreno Avenue
- Bryant Street
- Louis Road
- Montrose Avenue
Phase 1 - The Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard Project
Detailed Construction Plans
- Ross Road: Corina Way to Stone Lane
- Ross Road: Ames Avenue to Stern Avenue
- Ross Road: Wintergreen Way to Garland Drive
- Amarillo Avenue: West Bayshore Road to Greer Road
- Moreno Avenue: Middlefield Road to Louis Road
- Bryant Street: University Avenue to Palo Alto Avenue
- Bryant Street: Kellog Avenue to Everett Avenue
- Bryant Street: East Meadow Drive to Kingsley Avenue
- Louis Road-Montrose Avenue-E. Meadow Drive: Middlefield Road to Fabian Way
Many intersections will undergo a significant redesign with curb extensions to moderate vehicle speeds and create safer, more sustainable streets. The project includes five raised intersections, three raised crosswalks, 11 traffic circles, and new/refreshed crosswalks throughout. Chicanes (in-street islands), slotted speed humps, curb extensions, medians, and ADA curb ramps at crosswalks will be installed throughout the project area.
The existing Ellen Fletcher Bryant Street Bicycle Boulevard will be upgraded with new bicycle boulevard roadway markings, wayfinding signing, two raised intersections, and several traffic circles. A new shared-use path connecting to Ohlone Elementary School will also be constructed as part of the project. These improvements incorporate many suggestions developed through the City’s Safe Routes to School's partnership with the school district, parents, and students.
Many STOP signs along the bicycle boulevards will be flipped or removed to ease movement by bicycles to the maximum extent feasible. Traffic calming measures will be introduced along the corridors to moderate motor vehicle speeds and limit intrusion of non-local traffic.
Want to learn more?
- Questions and Answers about the Louis Road Closure
- FAQs (with pictures)
- Bicycle Boulevard and Roundabout Safety Tips for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, and Drivers (Spanish, Chinese)
- How to Ride the Ross Road Bicycle Boulevard Video
- How to Park on a Rolled Curb
- City Council Staff Report on the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Project
- Interview with Bicycle Boulevard Resident in Long Beach
- Moving Beyond Automobiles: Traffic Calming
- A Tour of Dutch Bicycle Streets and Intersections
- Berkeley Bike Boulevards
- Portland Bicycle Boulevards
- Portland’s Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways
- Denver Moves - Making Bicycle and Multi-use Connections
- Bike Corridors in Olympia
- Roundabouts at Stanford
For questions please contact our Project Engineer, Shahla Yazdy.