On Wednesday, January 30, the Mountain View Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommended road diets on California Street and Castro Street (south of El Camino) for inclusion in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, which sets out the capital projects and other large items to be paid for in the city’s budget.
Both streets have been the focus of community organizing after serious safety problems. At California and Escuela a man was killed by a speeding driver in June 2012 while waiting at a bus stop. On Castro Street three children were hit by drivers while crossing Castro Street near Graham Middle School within three weeks in the fall of 2012.
The community attention to street safety was reinforced by the City Council at a study session in November, when Mayor Kasperzak and councilmembers Ronit Bryant and Laura Macias spoke strongly in support of road design changes to improve safety and make it easier and safer to get around when walking or biking.
The BPAC also recommended downtown bike racks, and lighting on the Stevens Creek Trail bridge over Central Expressway for funding priority in the upcoming budget cycle.
The next step is review by City Council in March. The date hasn’t been set. To keep up to date on the budget and other news on road diet plans in Mountain View, sign up at the Rengstorff Great Streets site.