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VTA Wants to Know What's Important to Bicyclists

VTA is looking for public comment on its Bicycle Technical Guidelines in order to have safe and effective bikeways throughout Santa Clara County.

The  has added bicycle lanes to the stretch of roadway that connects the downtown to  and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority played a part in making that happen.

VTA's Bicycle Technical Guidelines is the bicycle component of the Santa Clara County’s Long Range Transportation Plan, which allocates $165 million to fund 80 bicycle projects between 2010 and 2035.

Today, VTA officials announced that the public transportation company is looking for public comment on its 2012 update to the guidelines and the deadline to submit is Sept. 15.

"We want to hear from the users," said VTA Spokeswoman Brandi Childress. "We want to hear from the people in the community using bikes everyday to better provide connectivity and safer pathways throughout the county." 

Along with the E. Campbell Avenue Improvement Project, Campbell is also extending the Los Gatos Creek Trail on its west side, with the help of VTA funds. The first project costs an estimated $1.5 million and the latter $2.5 million.

"VTA works with cities to provide a guideline for their planning efforts when they are doing any kind of public project so that there's connectivity and consistency," Childress said. "VTA is an integral part in helping these projects get funded." 

Along with the two in Campbell, VTA is also helping fund projects, including the Mary Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing in Cupertino, the Uvas Creek Trail feasibility study in Gilroy and the Adobe Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Replacement in Los Altos.

"Public comment is always important, particularly when it comes to providing better, safer bike paths," she said. 

Residents can email their comments on the plan here or send it via snail-mail to: 3331 N. First Street, San Jose, CA, 95134-1906, Attn: CMA Planning, Building B-2.

For questions or more information, please call 408-321-2300.

Dan Manassau August 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Don't email them about their stupid bicycle plans, tell them to address the commuter lane screw up that has our streets tied up in a knot every weekday morning. Reagan said "tear down the wall", I say open up our commuter lane to the Santa Clara County residents who pay your salaries. We are feed up being treated like second class citizens while the Fremont gentry sail by us laughing. I say "let them eat Crow".

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