September/October Update on East Palo Alto Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass

The East Palo Alto 101 team would like to provide you, the public, with an update on our overpass project.  We’d like to share with you an informational presentation we recently gave to the East Palo Alto City Council.  For those of you who are new to the project, this is a great starting point.  Read below for a summary of where the project has been and where it’s headed.  We’ve also made a PDF of the full presentation available in this post as well as on our Documents page.

East Palo Alto Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Project presentation, September 19, 2012 (PDF)

A photo-simulation of what the overpass might look like at Newell Road

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Celebrate 29 years of East Palo Alto!

Do you like parades?  How about fireworks?

East Palo Alto will be celebrating its 29th birthday in grand style on Saturday, June 30th.  And you’re invited!

Come visit the East Palo Alto 101 Team

Helping celebrate 29 years of East Palo Alto, our team will be on hand to share information with the public about the East Palo Alto Highway 101 Pedestrian & Bicycle Overpass.  We’re working hard to incorporate the public’s comments from our first community open house & workshop, and we want to get even more feedback this Saturday.  We hope to unveil updated concepts at the East Palo Alto birthday celebration.

We also still need more input from the public on this vital project.  So please, share your ideas, hopes, and concerns with us about the project.  If visiting with us on the 30th won’t work for you, you can always submit your comments to us online.

June 7th Meeting Recap: East Palo Alto 101 Gets Started on the Right Foot

As we mentioned in our post earlier this month, the East Palo Alto 101 team held an open house and public workshop for the community on June 7th.  We got to share our initial concepts with the public and gain a lot of insightful comments from community members.  If you want to follow along at home, you can take a look at our initial concepts and the report from June 7th’s meeting on our Documents page.

Community members learned about the current options for the 101 overpass and gave their invaluable input to the project team.

We want to use the community’s input to refine and expand our ideas, and this was only the first of many chances for the community to make their voice heard.  We’ll be staffing a table at the celebration of East Palo Alto’s 29th birthday on June 30th.  Come for the parade; stay to share your ideas about the East Palo Alto 101 Overpass.

If you want to share your ideas with us right now, use the form on our Contact Us page.

Below the fold, we’ll share with you the highlights of the meeting and more…

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Let’s Connect the Community! Public Workshop & Open House, June 7th

The East Palo Alto 101 team is excited to invite you to our first open house and public workshop.  Come on down this Thursday, June 7th to the East Palo Alto Senior Center from 2-6 PM and help us connect the community.

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Welcome to the East Palo Alto 101 Website

This website, over the coming months, will become a repository for all information, documents, and public notices for the East Palo Alto 101 Bicycle/Pedestrian Overpass project.  Make sure to come back regularly, or subscribe to this website, to stay up-to-date on project progress and chances to share your suggestions.

Highway 101 – A Barrier to Bicyclists and Pedestrians

As a bicyclist or pedestrian, crossing Highway 101 in and around East Palo Alto is no easy task.  The overpass at University Avenue has no dedicated bicycle access and a narrow sidewalk on only one side of the roadway – which must navigate an uncontrolled freeway off-ramp along its route.  Dedicated pedestrian & bicycle crossings of Highway 101, the nearest of which are at Ringwood Avenue to the northwest and at the Oregon Expressway to the southeast, are more than 3 miles apart.  That means a pedestrian or bicyclist on the west side of the University Avenue overpass, who chose to use a dedicated pedestrian/bicycle crossing, would have to travel over 6 miles to get to the east side of the University Avenue overcrossing.

East Palo Alto 101 Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing

Providing safe pedestrian/bicycle access across Highway 101 in East Palo Alto will help knit together the commercial and community service centers east of Highway 101 with the high density housing, future potential open space amenities, and commuter destinations to the west in the Woodland Community Neighborhood area.  As the City of East Palo Alto continues to expand their existing bicycle network and the Bay Trail, pedestrian & bicycle connectivity throughout all of East Palo Alto, as well as to adjacent communities, will become ever more essential.

Studying Possible Overcrossings

The Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass Project will study all possible locations for an overpass.  The study will lead to a community preferred alternative, which we will arrive at through research & analysis, design expertise, and public input.

Share Your Thoughts with Us

What are your thoughts for a potential pedestrian/bicycle overpass of Highway 101?  We want to hear from you as we formulate the community preferred alternative.  Send us your comments at our Contact Us page.