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Protected Bikeways

Protected Bikeways

Recently, Governor Brown signed into law the Protected Bikeways Act, allowing cities to build bike lanes that are protected from car traffic by a physical barrier, like a planter, curb, post or parked car.  

Help the California Bicycle Coalition get the word out to cities that a new state law allows them to build protected bikeways.  Sign CBC's ePetition here ​​

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 September 2014 08:41 )


Park Avenue Multimodal Improvement Project

Park Avenue Multimodal Improvement Project
The project will include the installation of buffered and standard Bike Lanes on Park Avenue from Market Street to Newhall Street, the modification of signals at Park‐Sunol and Park‐Meridian, ADA compliant curb ramps at intersections between Sunol and Hedding, street light improvements, and pavement repair. This project will support a follow‐on storm water treatment project consisting of permeable pavers and bio‐retention basins.
One component of this project is the installation of buffered bicycle lanes between Race Street and McDaniel Avenue.  This will necessitate the removal of most parking along the north side of Park Avenue.  The City of San Jose's Department of Transportation is interested in your comments.  Attached to this email you will find the draft conceptual plans.  Please note that these are only a draft and may change through the course of the project.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:42 )

Map Overlays of San Jose

There is a map gallery at google that has many interesting and useful maps of our city. District boundaries, annexations, zoning and more.

San Jose Map Gallery

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 May 2014 10:11 )

Findings Report - W San Carlos and Bascom Corridors

The follow is a link to the "COMPLETE STREETS AUDIT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT West San Carlos Street and Bascom Avenue Corridors"

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 August 2012 21:27 )

Results of Transit Oriented Development Focus Group

Community Members;

Helen Chapman and I (Terri Balandra) were invited to participate in a TOD (Transit Oriented Development) research focus group, led by Karen Chapple (from UC Berkely ) at San Jose State, a couple of years ago. The end result, attached below, see the link for the 122 page: "California Infill Manual, Best Practices for Higher Density", by Troy Reinhalter. It is a California Sustainable TOD reference manual for Profit & Non-Profit Developers, Progressive Designers, and Architects.... & references issues in the San Jose Planning area, among others.

Low and behold, on the front cover is the photo I took of the view from my back porch, of the Fiesta Lanes Project, directly looming over my backyard...(obviously, a reference to "Bad TOD Planning")

Pages 42-44, (of the actual Manual page numbers), are particularly interesting.

This is quite good... I'm passing it along to our San Jose Planning Dept... Enjoy! Terri Balandra

I will refer to the actual page number in the manual:

* Cover: The view from my back door

* pg 2: Cover photo credit: Terri Balandra, Fiesta Lanes Action Group

* pg 27: Why Design Matters...

* pg 32: Transition to Existing Forms: Respect Specifics of Local Context (A "Transition Zone"? Yay!)

* pg 34: A "Community Benefits Agreement"... (What a great concept!)

* pg 36: Explain how projects fit into the longterm planning context and when new infrastructure and promised transit will eventually materialize.

* pg 42: Failure to Situate the Development in Larger Context: There is an obvious disconnect... if we are selling the benefits of TOD based on frequent & connected transit - but that critical component is nowhere to be seen.

* pg 43: Going forward, future tools should surely address how implementation and other major elements will unfold for a particular project over a 3 or 5 year timeline.

* pg 43: There needs to be triggers for transit first - then TOD developments. "It's strictly the housing dept & the developer partner - the City helping them to finance the project, at the neighborhood's expense."

* pg 44: Given that many Planning Depts have become either wholly or partially fee-based, it's hards to see why citizens believe there may be a kernal of truth to this accusation.

* pg 44: A Backlash when it came to a disconnect between developer promises and on-the-ground reality.

*pg 44: Bottom of page: Fiesta Lanes Action Group: We were involved with our project for three years and "still got screwed." Community feels they are left out of the final stages of negotiation.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 August 2011 16:34 )

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