- Sunnyvale Bicycle Highway

Sunnyvale consists of islands of neighborhoods which have limited transportation connection other than personal vehicle travel or very minimal & slow bus connection. A number of east / west bike trails help provide some access to downtown and other areas from certain neighborthoods, but north / south connectivity is extremely limited.

Sunnyvale and the related agency has authorized environmental studies and has been preparing to begin an upgrade to the East and West Channels. These are man-made channels, running roughly south to north, that help channel rainfall to the Bay to prevent flooding. The channels are in need of repair and upgrade to enhance their capability. The West Channel begins south of El Camino and has a nearly straight and often wide footprint all the way to the bay, reaching the Bay just northwest of Baylands Park.

There is a huge and important opportunity right now to create a "bicycle highway" on this nearly ready-made thoroughfare. In addition to expanding and improving the drainage capability of the channel, we can create a wide pedestrian & bike boulevard with safety features, solar LED lighting, etc. that can connect Baylands park all the way through downtown to at least Heritage Park. This would provide the following benefits:

  1. Much more complete and safe bicycle access for all ages and abilities between all of the major areas of Sunnyvale.
  2. Avoid most high traffic crossings by using lightweight, inexpensive overpasses with only a few quiet at-grade crossings. The existing overpass over 101 is nearly perfectly placed. 237 can be temporarily crossed at Java Drive or the bike overpass on Persian.
  3. Feeder access would be added to quiet streets in nearby neighborhoods to provide efficient paths to other neighborhoods and downtown.
  4. Pedicab service would naturally provide easy transportation for the widest range of residents, and provide a healthy job for teenagers and others.
  5. Traffic could be greatly reduced.
  6. Opportunity for parklets all along the bhighway, sometimes connected to neighborhood parks.
  7. An extended development effort could include neighborhood parking, possibly multi-story. Along Tasman, this could include paid stadium parking on game days and long and short term neighborhood overflow parking otherwise.
  8. An even more extended development effort could include a couple zones for semi-permanent micro-housing.

Suggested intersection solutions:

  • At grade: Tasman (+light), Evelyn (+light), Old San Francisco (+light)
  • Lightweight overpasses: Wolf, Arques, Central, Kifer, Caltrain, El Camino
  • Use existing 101 overpass.
  • Temporarily use Java and Persian 237 overpasses.

Related: Gator Bridge A Bike Path for the Entire East Coast Bike Trail East Coast Greenway These Whimsical Parklets Promote Walkability Why Paris is building Highways for Bikes

Sunnyvale Related: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission JW Christian Greenbelt Sunnyvale Bicycle Plan 2006 Sunnyvale Bicycle Plan 2006 Appendices Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project Scoping 2013 Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project Oct 2013 Valley Water Sunnyvale East and West

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- Sunnyvale Bicycle Highway

Sunnyvale consists of islands of neighborhoods which have limited transportation connection other than personal vehicle travel or very minimal & slow bus connection. A number of east / west bike trails help provide some access to downtown and other areas from certain neighborthoods, but north / south connectivity is extremely limited.

Sunnyvale and the related agency has authorized environmental studies and has been preparing to begin an upgrade to the East and West Channels. These are man-made channels, running roughly south to north, that help channel rainfall to the Bay to prevent flooding. The channels are in need of repair and upgrade to enhance their capability. The West Channel begins south of El Camino and has a nearly straight and often wide footprint all the way to the bay, reaching the Bay just northwest of Baylands Park.

There is a huge and important opportunity right now to create a "bicycle highway" on this nearly ready-made thoroughfare. In addition to expanding and improving the drainage capability of the channel, we can create a wide pedestrian & bike boulevard with safety features, solar LED lighting, etc. that can connect Baylands park all the way through downtown to at least Heritage Park. This would provide the following benefits:

  1. Much more complete and safe bicycle access for all ages and abilities between all of the major areas of Sunnyvale.
  2. Avoid most high traffic crossings by using lightweight, inexpensive overpasses with only a few quiet at-grade crossings. The existing overpass over 101 is nearly perfectly placed. 237 can be temporarily crossed at Java Drive or the bike overpass on Persian.
  3. Feeder access would be added to quiet streets in nearby neighborhoods to provide efficient paths to other neighborhoods and downtown.
  4. Pedicab service would naturally provide easy transportation for the widest range of residents, and provide a healthy job for teenagers and others.
  5. Traffic could be greatly reduced.
  6. Opportunity for parklets all along the bhighway, sometimes connected to neighborhood parks.
  7. An extended development effort could include neighborhood parking, possibly multi-story. Along Tasman, this could include paid stadium parking on game days and long and short term neighborhood overflow parking otherwise.
  8. An even more extended development effort could include a couple zones for semi-permanent micro-housing.

Suggested intersection solutions:

  • At grade: Tasman (+light), Evelyn (+light), Old San Francisco (+light)
  • Lightweight overpasses: Wolf, Arques, Central, Kifer, Caltrain, El Camino
  • Use existing 101 overpass.
  • Temporarily use Java and Persian 237 overpasses.

Related: Gator Bridge A Bike Path for the Entire East Coast Bike Trail East Coast Greenway These Whimsical Parklets Promote Walkability Why Paris is building Highways for Bikes

Sunnyvale Related: Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission JW Christian Greenbelt Sunnyvale Bicycle Plan 2006 Sunnyvale Bicycle Plan 2006 Appendices Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project Scoping 2013 Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project Oct 2013 Valley Water Sunnyvale East and West

Maps: Mapbox OpenStreetMap Google Maps