What is happening on McClellan Road?
The City of Cupertino is building separated bike lanes.
What are separated bike lanes?
They’re bike lanes separated from the rest of the street by a physical barrier. In some segments, the barrier will consist of posts mounted on a two-foot wide, raised curb. In other segments (typically in front of private residences), the bike lanes will be raised to the same level as the sidewalk, while remaining distinct from the sidewalk.
Are separated bike lanes similar to Class IV bike lanes?
They are the same thing by different names. Sometimes separated bike lanes are called Class IV bike lanes, protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks.
How will separated bike lanes fit within the constraints of the road?
In order to make room for the bike lane enhancements, the sidewalk along the north side of the road will be shifted about five feet north for much of the project area.
Will any changes be made to signalized intersections?
Yes. The intersections of Bubb Road/McClellan Road and Stelling Road/McClellan Road will be modified to align with the widened roadway. Northern sidewalks and curb ramps will be shifted north, signal poles will be relocated, and green markings will be added through the signalized intersections to clearly identify the route for bicyclists and alert motorist to share the road with them.
Where are the separated bike lanes going to be located?
The City will build the separated bike lanes in phases. When all phases are complete, the separated bike lanes will have been constructed on McClellan Road from Byrne Avenue to Torre Avenue. Below are the segment phases:
Phase 1: Imperial Avenue to Stelling Avenue
Phase 2: Stelling Avenue to Torre Avenue
Phase 3: Intersection of De Anza Boulevard/McClellan Road
Phase 4: Byrne Avenue to Imperial Avenue
What are the construction work hours?
Construction hours for Phase 1 will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days, from May 20 to June 6, 2019. There will be no construction on Monta Vista High School’s graduation day on Friday, June 7. Starting Monday, June 10, construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When will each segment be built?
The tentative scheduled is:
Start Date: May 20, 2019
Duration: 3 months
Limits: Imperial Avenue to Stelling Road
Start Date: June 2020
Duration: 3-4 months
Limits: Stelling Road to Torre Avenue
Start Date: Summer 2020
Duration: 2-3 months
Limits: De Anza Boulevard/McClellan Road intersection
Start Date: June 2021, pending right-of-way acquisition
Duration: 2 months
Limits: Byrne Avenue to Imperial Avenue
Why is the City building these bike lanes?
To enhance safety for cyclists by providing a physical separation between the road and bike lanes.
Why is construction happening at this location and not somewhere else?
Cupertino’s Bicycle Transportation Plan (Bike Plan) identifies a complete bicycle network consisting of separated bike lanes, trails, paths, bicycle boulevards, and enhanced bike lanes. Once completed, the network will provide an easy, comfortable, safe way to bike around the City. City Council identified the McClellan Road project as a top priority for enhancing safety, particularly for students getting to schools. Implementation of the Bike Plan is starting with McClellan Road as the first of many projects.
What other projects from the Bike Plan does the City expect to build?
During the summer of 2019, the City is also planning to build separated bike lanes on Stevens Creek Boulevard from Wolfe Road to Tantau Avenue, and bike boulevards through several neighborhoods. Other projects being designed include the Regnart Creek Trail, Junipero Serra Trail, and extensions of the separated bike lane projects. The City is also conducting a feasibility study for a Historic De Anza Trail, which would parallel the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, as well as a bicycle/pedestrian bridge at Carmen Road, which would provide a crossing over Stevens Creek Boulevard. For more information about these projects and the Bike Plan Implementation, visit: www.cupertino.org/bikeplan
Who will benefit from this project?
Students and families biking to Monta Vista High School, Lincoln Elementary School and Kennedy Middle School; residents and commuters.
Whose idea was this?
In 2014, City Staff, along with the Cupertino Bicycle Pedestrian Commission, began developing the Bicycle Transportation Plan to address growing traffic concerns in the City. City Staff contracted with Alta Planning + Design to develop the Bike Plan for the City. As part of the process, Alta conducted a Needs Analysis to identify any needs for bicycling-related improvements. This analysis included collision data, network street analysis, and community desires expressed through public workshops and outreach. City Council approved the Bike Transportation Plan in 2016, and Cupertino’s Public Works Department is currently implementing the Bike Plan, starting with the McClellan Road separated bike lane project.
Who is doing the work?
The Cupertino Public Works Department is managing the work. The civil engineer is HMH Engineers, and Redgwick Construction is building the Phase 1 work.
How will roadways be impacted during construction?
Generally, construction crews will close one lane during construction hours and shift one travel lane to the center lane. Routes for pedestrians and cyclists on McClellan Road will be maintained at all times. If needed, traffic may be controlled by qualified flaggers.
Will the roadways be impacted outside of construction hours each day?
Outside of construction hours, all lanes will be open.
What safety measures are being taken during construction?
Safety measures include: (1) the City has directed construction crews to start construction activities at 9 a.m. on school days, after most classes are in session. Monta Vista students who start high school during second period should give themselves extra time to get to school on Mondays and Thursdays, as construction starting at 9 a.m. may affect commute time on those days; (2) police will enforce good driving behavior by ticketing drivers for traffic violations; (3) the construction contractor will have dedicated staff to monitor and adjust construction traffic control; and (4) the City’s project manager and Safe Routes to School team will be on the ground, monitoring the situation so adjustments can be made as needed.