Separated Bicycle Lanes Coming to McClellan Road
The City of Cupertino--in partnership with the Cupertino Union School District and Fremont Union High School District--is pleased to announce a new road improvements project aimed at creating a safer environment for our students, families and residents, particularly those who bike to work and school.
The City’s first leg of a new network of separated bike lanes will be built on McClellan Road from Imperial Avenue to Stelling Road. This project is intended to improve biking conditions to Lincoln, Monta Vista, and Kennedy schools. Cupertino’s separated bike lanes will physically separate cyclists from motor vehicles using posts and curbs.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20, 2019 and will last for three months if there are no unanticipated delays. Construction will start each weekday morning at approximately 9:00 a.m. after classes are in session. While there should be little impact to the school commute in the morning during the last three weeks of the school year, delays may occur after 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon when classes are dismissed.
Pre-construction activities will begin the week of February 18, while CUSD and FUHSD schools are on break. This pre-construction work will include tree removals, which is part of the approved plan. This work will help expedite project completion prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
With this in mind, the City and school districts would like to highlight a few things:
- Safety: Safety is the top priority for the City, CUSD, and FUHSD. We will be implementing safety measures for our children, neighbors, and commuters during construction.
- Communication: The City, CUSD, and FUHSD are working closely together to guarantee that there will be active, timely, and consistent messaging to project neighbors, residents, and families about this project. Expect additional letters, information on our respective websites and social media channels, and notices with additional details in the coming months.
- Traffic Impacts: The road will be narrowed during construction. Routes for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained on McClellan during construction. Please take some time in the coming weeks to review your family’s morning drop off and pick up routines and/or the route your child takes to school. You may consider making changes to your route, walking if possible or carpooling. Suggested walking and biking routes to your school can be found at http://bit.ly/cupertino_school_maps.
We appreciate your patience and understanding through this construction process. Staff from our respective organizations will continue to collaborate in order to mitigate the impacts of this project on our families as much as possible. We believe that this project, once completed, will be a huge benefit to our community and greatly improve safety for the many students, families and staff members that utilize bike transportation on their way to and from school.