Our first Bike Boulevard is being implemented on 28th Avenue between Mason Lane and El Camino Real starting in late October 2020.
Unlike a bike lane, the Bike Boulevard program is a shared route designed to encourage low speeds and reduced car traffic volumes. The Bike Boulevard is a program name, not intended to exclude anyone or any form of transportation, just aimed at improving traffic flow of all kinds, including pedestrians and cars.
In cities around the world, Bike Boulevards create a safe place for all modes of transportation on designated road segments. In our City, the program is funded by a grant from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority's Measure A, as well as local funds.
Why 28th Avenue?
28th Avenue offers direct access to Beresford Recreation Center, San Mateo Community Garden, Beresford Elementary, St. Gregory's Catholic School and provides a new east-west connection to bike lanes and paths throughout the City. It also connects to north-south routes like Alameda de las Pulgas.
This street was chosen to give bike riders an alternative option to Hillsdale Avenue, and still offer direct access to all of the points mentioned above.
We also know that bicycle riding increases when it becomes a viable option for commuters. By placing the Bike Boulevard on 28th Avenue, connecting it to the new Caltrain station and our parks, we're creating a through connection for both residents and visitors.
What’s Being Implemented?
On Sept. 21, 2020, San Mateo City Council awarded a contract to Golden Bay Construction, Inc. to implement the 28th Avenue Bike Boulevard, our City's first.
Bike Boulevards aim to slow vehicle speeds using street elements like speed cushions and curb extensions to provide a comfortable environment for bicyclists on the roadway. They serve to connect bicyclists and other types of micro-mobility to transit hubs, downtown, employment centers, and recreation areas. The contractor will being work in late October 2020 and is expected to complete construction by February 2021.
Sept. 21, 2020 – San Mateo City Council Agenda item
March 9, 2019 - Neighborhood Meeting Posters