Walking & Biking News & Ideas
Happy Summer!

Summer vacation is almost over, but that just means the weather is getting nicer for outdoor activities. Check out our review of the Union Pacific trail, learn about the next phase of bike lane construction coming on McClellan and the new Linda Vista trail, City News and how to advocate for more bike parking.  Read on below for news that affects you!

Jennifer Shearin wins
SVBC 2020 Person of the Year Award
We are giddy with excitement to announce that our very own WBC board member Jennifer Shearin has received the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition 2020 Person of the Year Award for her work to further the Regnart Creek Trail despite intense opposition from many neighbors adjacent to the proposed trail and a skeptical city council .

It’s also a well-deserved recognition for all our members who have advocated tirelessly for this trail over the past two years. Take a bow!

Read more about the award winners here .
Phase 2 of McClellan protected bike lanes break ground August 3
Questions were raised by Councilmembers and residents to City Staff about garbage pickup, deliveries,  read more...
Are you walking more?
A recent Cupertino poll on Nextdoor shows that there are many more people walking in their neighborhoods than before the pandemic.

Check out our latest tips to get the best stride for you , learn how to socially distance while exercising , and don't forget to check out our Cupertino neighborhood trail review below!
Get to know the future Linda Vista Trail

In Summer 2019, Richard and Ellen Lowenthal donated an old quarry haul road to the city of Cupertino to turn into a walking and biking trail. It’s a wide dirt path, lined with trees and bushes on one side with a steep drop down to the Deef Cliff golf course and adjacent to backyards of homes on the other. The trail stretches about a mile long from Linda Vista Park to McClellan Ranch Preserve and has been lying unused and locked away behind gates for years. In Oct 2020, Cupertino Public Works will start work on the Linda Vista trail so it is ready for resident use. Read more...
“In general, we wholly support the development of this potentially great asset to our immediate community, as it will encourage a healthy lifestyle, get people out of their cars and make our neighborhood even safer....[We] trust that design and implementation will maintain or improve our [security and privacy] with the new trail... Thank you for having the vision and foresight to invest in our community and neighborhoods.

-- from a neighbor adjacent to the Linda Vista Trail, in a letter to the City Council
City News Briefs
On July 20, Cupertino extended the 6-month trial of the dog off-leash area (DOLA) at Jollyman Park until at least two months of youth sports have run concurrently there (to assess how well they can both coexist), but not past June 2021.The city also approved changing the hours to one hour before sunset to one hour after. Neighborhood resident feedback on the DOLA has been overwhelmingly positive. Read more...

All local schools have decided to begin the school year in full distance learning mode and plan to return slowly to in-class instruction as the situation permits. Students will be missing walking or biking to school, proven to improve concentration for schoolwork, so it's important to encourage them to walk, bike or exercise daily to keep their concentration at peak levels.

At the July 12 Cupertino City Council meeting, after a large number of speakers spoke in support, the City Council made a future Council agenda item to discuss adding a painted Rainbow crosswalk across Stevens Creek at Finch/Main Street. The crosswalk would be in the same location as the current crosswalk and be a symbol of support for LGBTQ+ residents.
Tell your State Senator to support the Bike Parking Bill
Make a difference not just in Cupertino, but state-wide! The California Senate could hold its first hearing on the Bike Parking Bill (AB 3153) as early as August 1. The bill, which has passed in the State House already, provides an incentive to build long-term bike parking and car-sharing spaces in new buildings. It's a great way to encourage more active transportation in our communities. We've made it easy to email your Senator to let him know that you support this bill. More...
I n California, housing developers are required to include lots of car parking but no bike parking.

That’s bad for the residents who want to live more sustainably or use their bike for transportation.

Can't remember who your Bay Area state senator is? Simply click here and you can find out!
Trail review - Union Pacific Trail
By Revathy Narasimhan, WBC Board Member
Do you like trails better than the roads because of having exclusive access for walkers and bikers without having to stop or watch for cars? Some trails are hidden in plain sight, right in the middle of our beautiful city of Cupertino! 
Welcome to the unpaved, walk/bike-friendly Union Pacific Trail that runs by the railroad tracks between Stelling Road and Bubb Road. You can start at Stevens Creek or Bubb Road and walk South towards Saratoga. Enjoy the beautiful majestic oaks on your way! Read more...
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