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Improvements to El Camino Real Topic of Redwood City Community Workshop

Redwood City, CA - May 17, 2006 -  What will Redwood City’s portion of El Camino Real be like in the near future? What does the community say about proposed improvements to this central roadway? What can be done to make El Camino Real safe and more inviting for students, residents, and commuters to walk or bike to school, home, downtown, and the Caltrain/SamTrans Station?

These and other questions will be fully examined at a special Community Workshop – Transforming El Camino Real – on Wednesday, May 24th at 7 pm, at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

Last fall, Redwood City invited the public to an initial workshop on El Camino Real improvements, which included a walking tour along “The Royal Road” from Brewster Street to Maple Street. Participants brainstormed with City staff, SamTrans, and an urban design consultant on how El Camino Real might be turned into a more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly, inviting, and safe street, better linking neighborhoods with transportation and the revitalized downtown.

Now, Redwood City, in partnership with SamTrans, is happy to provide another great opportunity for the community to participate by contributing their thoughts, ideas, and opinions during this workshop. Interested community members are invited to attend this review and critique of the proposed design plans that resulted from the initial workshop. Proposed improvements include pedestrian signals, street trees, street lights, and mid-block pedestrian crossings. SamTrans received a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to conduct this study.

The workshop will consist of presentation by the consultant, a discussion of the suggestions for El Camino Real that came out of the previous workshop, and an opportunity for the community to provide ideas for how to prioritize those proposed improvement elements. More information on improving El Camino Real is available online.

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Jeannie Young
Community Development Services
(650) 780–7365

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