Mary Avenue Bicycle Footbridge Dedication
April 30, 2009, 3 pm
Entry Plaza at intersection of Mary Avenue and Meteor Drive
The City of Cupertino invites you to join the dedication of the unique bridge which is the first cable-stay bicycle pedestrian bridge over a California freeway. This bridge connects the north and the south sections of the Stevens Creek Trail.
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Background Info on the Footbridge
In 2000, the voters passed Measure A, a comprehensive transportation program funded by sales tax, which, among other things, allocated $32 million for bicycle and pedestrian facilities on a competitive basis.
The Mary Avenue Bridge was submitted to that program and was ranked the Number One project in the County by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).
The reasons were many but most importantly the bridge filled an important gap in the Stevens Creek trails system which has many reaches from Cupertino through Sunnyvale and Mountain View to San Francisco Bay. There remain other gaps in the system but this one which reaches from Stevens Creek to Mary Avenue through Sunnyvale along with 4.5 miles of trail facilities through Mountain View
The total cost of the Mary Avenue Bicycle Footbridge project is $14,800,000. Of that funding, over $12 Million (over 80%) comes from outside grants, the largest being $10,350,000 from the VTA Measure A program noted above.
Its importance is not just to Cupertino but to the entire region of trail users and is supported by both the Cities of Sunnyvale and Cupertino City Councils, both of those City Bicycle Pedestrian Commissions, the VTA Board of Directors and over 50,000 cycling and pedestrian enthusiasts in the region.
It’s unique architecture, that of a cable stayed bridge structure with no intermediate support, was purposely designed to set it apart from other pedestrian bridges as a statement about the region’s commitment to alternative transportation, specifically walking and cycling. It is the only bridge of its kind over an interstate highway in the State of California.
The original feasibility study projected that ultimately the bridge would be used by over 265,000 people of which 175,000 would be cyclists. The project was on schedule, within budget.
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