The function of the Bicycle Commission is to review, monitor and make recommendations regarding City transportation matters including, but not limited to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, parking, education and recreation within Cupertino. In July 2015 the Commission voted unanimously to establish a mission statement including measurable objectives to be achieved by the end of 2025. This will guide the Commission’s priorities and will be central to defining the upcoming 2016 Bicycle plan. The objectives are as follows:
- Be one of the top 5 cities in California for biking and walking and achieve Gold status from the League of American Bicyclists.
- Expand middle and high school student bicycle and pedestrian trips to 40% of total school commutes.
- Expand intra-city trips for errands and leisure by adults and seniors via bicycle/walking to 20% of trips.
- Expand resident bicycle/pedestrian commuting to major Cupertino employers and De Anza College to 15% of total trips.
The Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council to four-year overlapping terms. None shall be officials or employees of the City nor cohabit with, as defined by law, nor be related by blood or marriage to, any member of the committee, the City Manager or the staff person or persons assigned to the Commission. All members are City of Cupertino residents.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the every month at 7 p.m. in City Hall, Conference Room C. For more information, call staff liaison David Stillman at 408.777.3249.
Pete Heller, First term ending 1/30/17
Vidula Aiyer, Chair, First term ending 1/30/17
Erik Lindskog, First term ending 1/30/19
Gary Jones, First term ending 1/30/19
Sean Lyn, Vice Chair, First term ending 1/30/19
Cupertino Bicycle Transportation Plan
The 2015 Update to the Cupertino Bicycle Transportation Plan was adopted by the Commission in the first half of 2015. Its primary intent was to increase bicycling safety and to encourage bicycling as a safe, practical, and healthy alternative to the automobile. To accomplish those objectives, 31 specific projects were identified and prioritized to improve bike lane visibility and width as well as enhancing bicycle access where barriers exist. The first priority was providing consistent green bike lane markings around all Cupertino schools. The plan was presented to the City Council in May 2015 and was unanimously approved. The City Council allocated funding in excess of $1.2M to execute these projects. As of October 2015, nine of the projects have been completed.
Cupertino 2015 Bicycle Transportation Plan
As a second priority the commission also advocates for the creation of trails for recreation and transportation that connect scenic vistas and historical landmarks. Such projects include the suggestion for a Union Pacific Railroad Trail to follow the Union Pacific train tracks from Cupertino's Stevens Creek Boulevard south to Los Gatos' Winchester Boulevard along the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It would start at the Los Gatos Creek Trail and connect neighborhoods, parks, two community colleges, and several business centers with the Stevens Creek Trail at the other end.
The other potential trail project is to complete the Stevens Creek Trail. A variety of options are being considered for how to close this 5 mile gap between Cupertino and Mountain View.
For information cycling benefits, safety information and bike routes please visit the Cupertino Bicyclin web page
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