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Bike & Ped Safety Improvement Study: El Camino Real between Maple & Charter Streets
$350,000 in Caltrans grant funding for the development of a case study on behalf of the Grand Boulevard Initiative to develop 30% conceptual design drawings for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on El Camino Real (between Charter and Maple streets), building off of the approved El Camino Real Corridor Plan. Case study areas in Redwood City and Palo Alto were chosen based on their high opportunity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access on El Camino Real. You can find out more through the study's Frequently Asked Questions.
The consultant team has completed data collection and public outreach on existing conditions and community goals for the study area. This phase consisted pop-up events (tabling) at Fair Oaks Community Center, Target, and BevMo, stakeholder interviews with neighborhood associations, and an online survey. The summary of this outreach is listed in the materials list below.
Based on input received and building off of the El Camino Real Corridor Plan, the consultant prepared draft conceptual designs. These drafts were presented to the Complete Streets Advisory Committee on August 14, 2018.
On October 20th, the City held a Protected Bike Lane Pop-Up Event on El Camino Real at Cedar Street where residents, visitors, and city officials could test out the potential look and feel of permanent protected bike lanes. Check out photos from the event here.
The City solicited community input on the draft conceptual designs with an online webmap. The interactive map was live from October 20th through November 18th. Feedback from the webmap will inform the final conceptual designs.
- Revise the draft conceptual designs based on community input.
- Define design exception process required for Caltrans.
- Develop conceptual cost estimates and a funding plan.
- Obtain final report and presentations, including next steps for implementation of the conceptual design plans.
* This study should conclude by February of 2019.
- August 14, 2018 - Complete Streets Advisory Committee (status update & draft conceptual plans)
[agenda and materials, presentation]
- Existing Conditions for the Study Segment (2018)
- Appendix A: Existing Conditions Graphics (2018)
- Appendix B: Proposed Street Typology & Bicycle Backbone Network Figures, RWCmoves (draft plan October 2017)
- Appendix C: El Camino Real Corridor Plan Existing Conditions Memo: Land Uses, Streetscape, & Public Realm (2016)
- Appendix D: El Camino Real Corridor Plan Existing Conditions Memo: Transportation (2016)
Zoning Code Amendments
The implementation section includes a number of actions relating to zoning code amendments, including:
- Mixed-Use Live/Work Zoning District (MULW)
- Activity Centers
- Bonus Height Provisions
- Neighborhood Transitions
- Child Care Provisions
- Visibility and Solar Access
Phase I: (2018-early 2019)
The first phase of amendments will be to the Mixed-Use Live/Work zoning district. These amendments will incorporate the community benefits program associated with increased building height and density, more flexibility in allowed uses (both permitted and conditional), and simplified standards for live/work units. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.
Phase II: (2019-early 2020)
The second phase of amendments will be a comprehensive update to the Corridor zoning districts that addresses the community benefits program, activity centers, parking requirements, and neighborhood transitions. Opportunities for public input will be provided, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.
Other Short-Term Actions
- Signal Timing. Evaluate signal timing to improve traffic flow.
The City will be working with Caltrans to adjust signal timing later this year.
- Implementation Metrics. Establish metrics (as appropriate) to evaluate and iterate Plan implementation.
The City will begin drafting metrics later this year.
What is the Corridor Plan?
The El Camino Real Corridor Plan is a policy document that provides a comprehensive land use, transportation, and streetscape approach consistent with the General Plan’s principles. The Plan includes visions, goals, and strategies for street improvements to make the Corridor safer and more desirable to walk along and cross, and policies supporting community benefits, small businesses, and a range of housing choices along the Corridor. It also includes an implementation section with financing strategies and the steps that the City, or other agencies, would have to take to execute the Plan. The Corridor Plan is organized into four main topics, as briefly described below:
- Mobility addresses the various ways people travel around the Corridor
- Economic Vitality addresses ways to support existing Corridor businesses
- Housing addresses ways to provide housing for a range of income levels, support existing neighborhoods, and improve services for residents
- Place-Making addresses ways to improve the Corridor’s aesthetics and identity
Unlike a precise plan that provides a high level of detail and supersedes the zoning code, the Corridor Plan is a guiding document with recommended actions to be further analyzed and processed after plan adoption. Implementation actions are the key to executing the Corridor Plan. These actions are organized by timeframe and directly correspond to the strategies listed in the plan. Factors that impact the timeframe include feasibility, funding, and level of City control over implementation. As El Camino Real is within Caltrans’ jurisdiction, all actions affecting the right-of-way require review and approval by Caltrans.
From 2016 through 2017, the community participated in a series of workshops, hearings, and online forums. These discussions helped shape the vison for the Corridor Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on December 4, 2017.
For archives and additional information go here.
To view the City’s major transportation projects, see Redwood City’s Transportation Storymap.
|Senior Planner, City of Redwood City|