Key Facts About the Regnart Trail Project
Cost of Construction: $2.1 million
Length of Project: 0.91 miles
Type of Project: Pedestrian Path and Class I Bike Facilities (Trail) (see here for an explanation of different types of bike facilities)
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Current Status (June 2020): The Regnart Creek Trail Project has continued to make very slow progress, with the environmental study completed and approved by Cupertino’s ERC, Planning Commission and Council in May 2020. The initial design phase is complete, however the City Staff will have another shorter one now that the environmental study has been approved. Staff has chosen to bring the final design back to Council for approval prior to sending the project out for bids. This vote is expected September 2020.
City Council approved construction funding of $2.1M plus $150K for fencing/privacy measures for neighbors on 9/17/19 (option D, see more information below “Location of Project”) after review of the 65% complete design. The City Council approved an extra $400K for special noise abatement wooden fencing on 6/17/20, for a total of $550K in extra abatement funds for nearby residents, in addition to the new wooden fences which are part of the project costs.
Why Does Walk-Bike Cupertino Support this Project?
It will be a safer, off-road route to three parks, two schools and City Center. Residents can get to events, schools, library & shops without a car more safely. Over 250 Eaton Elementary students and 250 Cupertino High students will benefit, as this trail is on their direct commute path.
New recreation option
Families, seniors, and the entire community will enjoy walking and biking on this leafy 2.4 acre recreation path along the creek. It connects with both Creekside Park paths (connecting directly to the existing bridge into Creekside Park) and Wilson Park paths for additional walking, running and biking space.
Improve Health & meet neighbors
Trails get people outdoors, walking & socializing with their neighbors. This increases community health & connection for all residents.
Fewer cars at city Center
More residents walking and biking means fewer cars competing for parking spots at City Center. This is going to be especially important with the proposed library expansion.
Less traffic at schools
If kids are able to walk or bike to school safely, parents may let them! The trail can reduce the gridlock at dropoff times by allowing hundreds of kids from local schools to walk or bike to school safely.
As cars are the greatest danger to pedestrians and cyclists, avoiding interactions with them means fewer accidents while walking and biking. The new crossings at Blaney and E. Estates will be significantly more visible than the current offset crossings at Rodrigues or Suisun/Clifford, and include flashers for more visible crossings. The E. Estates crossing will include a raised crosswalk, which will allow a much more visible crossing at the end of the Creekside Park trail, which currently ends abruptly in the middle of a block. The crossing at Blaney will include curb extensions to reduce the width of the crossing while still maintaining the bike lane along Blaney. Cyclists will not need to make an unprotected left turn from La Mar or Pacifica onto Blaney to continue to/from the City Center.
A greener Cupertino
Using alternative transportation and reducing pollution is great for everyone. By encouraging biking and walking, this trail will result in fewer cars, less traffic, and cleaner air. Encouraging walking or biking to school plus reducing demand for parking at City Center will allow for less idling of vehicles as they wait for children or for a parking spot.
Increase property values
Multiple studies have shown that homes close to trails see up to a 32% increase in property values and trails are a top amenity that homebuyers look for in their purchase. Thousands of current homeowners could benefit from this new trail.
Trail access for all
Everyone can enjoy this public land space, not just the residents along the trail who have gates to it for personal use, enjoy it as extra unused space, or use it for extra parking.
Great value for recreation space
This 2.4 acres of recreational space (which is not counted in city “park space”) is an great value and opportunity at $2.1M, especially in an area low on space. Many homes in Cupertino cost $2M for only one lot.
Location of Project
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City Council Trail Options from 9/17/19 meeting (Option “D” chosen)
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How Walk-Bike Cupertino has actively supported this project
Walk-Bike Cupertino has:
Provided information, maps and data to residents, City Council and Staff regarding usefulness of Bike Boulevards to connect neighborhoods, to improve access for seasoned cyclists, for reduced traffic, and to encourage greener lifestyles;
Kept supporters up to date on upcoming events and milestones for the project via email newsletters;
Sent emails of support to City Council and encouraged other residents to do the same;
Coordinated and gave vocal support at City Council meetings, when this topic was to be discussed;
Met with City Staff, Bicycle Pedestrian Commission, and Cupertino City Councilmembers and attended public outreach meetings to discuss details of the various projects and to encourage progress and adequate staffing.