Key Facts About the Stevens Creek Class IV Bike Lanes
Cost of Construction: Phase 1 (Wolfe to Tantau) is $900K; Phase 2 and 3 estimated at $3.9M.
Length of Project: 3.4 miles
Type of Project: Class IV Bike Lanes (see here for an explanation of different types of bike facilities)
Click here for information from the City of Cupertino’s website
Current Status (October 2020): Phase 1 (Wolfe to Tantau) has completed design after Covid-19 delays and construction began in September 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2020. Phase 2 (Wolfe to I-85) is currently in design, with expected completion next Spring. Phase 3 (I-85 to Foothill) has completed concept work only. City Staff is expected to request funding for design of phase 3 in the next year’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget.
Why Does Walk-Bike Cupertino Support this Project?
Safer for cyclists on one of our highest speed roads
It will be a safer biking connector to Cupertino High, and to shops, work and destinations. Class IV lanes are the safest type of biking infrastructure after trails, as they are physically divided from cars. (As Stevens Creek Boulevard is one of our highest-speed roads in Cupertino, these lanes will likely be used only by adults and older teens.)
Useful connector to shops, destinations and neighborhoods
Most of the commercial activity in Cupertino is found along Stevens Creek Boulevard and DeAnza Boulevard, so these lanes will be very useful for cyclists to reach shops within our city or to reach destinations such as the library or Sports Center. The Stevens Creek Boulevard lanes will also directly connect to other (coming) bike infrastructure: the Mary Ave Bikeway (connecting to the Don Burnett Bridge and Junipero Serra Trail); the Bubb Road Bikeway (connecting to McClellan Class IV lanes and then to the Regnart Creek Trail and Creekside Trail); and the Portal and Meteor Bike Boulevards.
Reducing traffic congestion on local roads
Every person who rides to work or to shops means one fewer car on the road adding to traffic. Making it safer to bike in Cupertino means that more residents will be likely to get on their bikes.
A greener Cupertino
Using alternative transportation and reducing pollution is great for everyone. By encouraging biking, these lanes will result in fewer cars, less traffic, and cleaner air.
Location of Project
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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 number and location of local school children, and usefulness of these lanes to cyclists;
Kept supporters up to date on upcoming events and milestones for the project via email newsletters;
Sent emails of support to City Council and ecouraged others to do the same;
Coordinated vocal support at City Council meetings when this topic was to be discussed;
Met with City Staff, Bicycle Pedestrian Commission, and Cupertino City Councilmembers to discuss details of project and to encourage progress and adequate staffing.