The function of the Bicycle Commission is to review, monitor and make recommendations regarding City transportation matters including, but not limited to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, parking, education and recreation within Cupertino. In July 2015 the Commission voted unanimously to establish a mission statement including measurable objectives to be achieved by the end of 2025. This will guide the Commission’s priorities and will be central to defining the upcoming 2016 Bicycle plan. The objectives are as follows:
- Be one of the top 5 cities in California for biking and walking and achieve Gold status from the League of American Bicyclists.
- Expand middle and high school student bicycle and pedestrian trips to 40% of total school commutes.
- Expand intra-city trips for errands and leisure by adults and seniors via bicycle/walking to 20% of trips.
- Expand resident bicycle/pedestrian commuting to major Cupertino employers and De Anza College to 15% of total trips.
The Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council to four-year overlapping terms. None shall be officials or employees of the City nor cohabit with, as defined by law, nor be related by blood or marriage to, any member of the committee, the City Manager or the staff person or persons assigned to the Commission. All members are City of Cupertino residents.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the every month at 7 p.m. in City Hall, Conference Room C. For more information, call staff liaison David Stillman at 408.777.3249.
Pete Heller, Second term ending 1/30/21
Jennifer Shearin, Vice Chair, First term ending 1/30/21
Erik Lindskog, First term ending 1/30/19
Gerhard Eschelbeck, First term ending 1/30/19
Sean Lyn, Chair, First term ending 1/30/19
Erik Lindskog, Valley Transportation Authority Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee representative (2-year term ending 6/30/18)
Cupertino Bicycle Transportation Plan
The Cupertino City Council has just adopted its 2016 Bicycle Transportation Plan at its meeting of June 21, 2016.
The Bicycle Transportation Plan is a long-range planning document designed to encourage bicycling as a safe, practical and healthy alternative to the motor vehicle. The current Plan was adopted by the City Council in May, 2011. Since that time, the city has witnessed an increase in bicycle usage and an increased emphasis on alternative forms of transportation as a way to reduce traffic congestion and promote environmental sustainability. As a result, over the past eight months City staff, along with Alta Planning + Design, have been working together to develop an update to the Bicycle Transportation Plan that addresses present and future needs of the bicycling community and lays the groundwork for grant funding eligibility for bicycle projects. The result is a Plan that is in close alignment with the goals set forth by the Cupertino Bicycle Pedestrian Commission to significantly increase the attractiveness and safety of bicycling throughout the City, with a particular focus on safe connectivity to school.
The 2016 Plan is a significant departure from the 2011 Plan. Highlights of the updated Plan include:
- A network of Class IV separated bike lanes throughout the city
- A predominantly off-street network of bicycle/pedestrian paths forming a loop around the city
- Key intersections identified for improved bicycle accessibility
- Significant expansion of bicycle education and encouragement programs
The Plan, which has received strong community support, aligns with the City’s solid commitment to improving the environment for active transportation alternatives. Earlier this year, City Council reaffirmed that commitment by approving a full-time Safe Routes to School Coordinator to encourage more students to walk and bike to school. And the work continues; City Council recently approved the budget to update the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan, and allocated $2 million to jump-start implementation of the newly adopted 2016 Bicycle Transportation Plan.
As a second priority the commission also advocates for the creation of trails for recreation and transportation that connect scenic vistas and historical landmarks. Such projects include the suggestion for a Union Pacific Railroad Trail to follow the Union Pacific train tracks from Cupertino's Stevens Creek Boulevard south to Los Gatos' Winchester Boulevard along the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It would start at the Los Gatos Creek Trail and connect neighborhoods, parks, two community colleges, and several business centers with the Stevens Creek Trail at the other end. A feasibility study was conducted in 2001. The City is currently working on soliciting an RFP to update the 2001 Union Pacific Railroad Trail Feasibility Study.
The other potential trail project is to complete the Stevens Creek Trail. A variety of options are being considered for how to close this 5 mile gap between Cupertino and Mountain View.
For information cycling benefits, safety information and bike routes please visit the Cupertino Bicyclin web page
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