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Supply shortages delay opening of Palo Alto's new bike bridge

Original post made on Aug 7, 2021

Facing construction delays and supply shortages, Palo Alto now plans to open its new bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in late October, according to a city announcement.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2021 at 6:53 pm

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There is no surprise here.

The tunnel is very much missed. I suspect parking in residential neighborhoods will be an issue. At times it is hard to park on the lot at the end of San Antonio so parking on Meadow and even Loma Verde will occur.

Additionally, the creek path should be extended to Loma Verde. There is space behind the offices and Girls Middle School for a pedestrian path. This would definitely improve access as biking on Bayshore is dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

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Haven’t you read elsewhere on this news forum that local politicians are eager to place temp housing for the unhoused right on San Antonio “near the end of it” by the MV Baylands parking. Terrible idea IMO.

Posted by BobH
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 9, 2021 at 11:01 am

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I agree it would be good to extend the creek path to Loma Verde, and then extend the bike path markings on Loma Verde where they are missing currently.

For that matter, many of the creeks could have a walk / bike path next to them. Mountain View have done this in a few places.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2021 at 11:31 am

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1). I'm very sorry about this delay. I have missed the Benjamin Lefkowitz Tunnel access to the bay trails I use frequently on foot and on a bike, depending on whether I am strolling to enjoy the birds or commuting.

2). I hope that Mr. Lefkowitz, who did so much to promote bicycling in our community, will continue to be honored by having his name on the new bridge that will replace the bike/pedestrian tunnel that was named after him. He (and his family and many friends in the community) would be delighted to see that we finally have a year-round connection to the bay lands and trails.

Posted by Donya
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2021 at 2:02 pm

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I am quite disappointed by the 3 month delay. Can they not open the underpass while the bridge gets done?

Posted by dollarbin
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2021 at 4:52 pm

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Many of us have been waiting YEARS for this bridge to be built, at this point I could wait three more months standing on my head. I'm not here to complain, rather to celebrate what should be a major upgrade to bike and pedestrian infrastructure when it finally opens. Looking forward to giving out high fives to everyone I bike by on the Lefkowitz Bridge this fall.

Posted by AllenPod
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 9, 2021 at 9:43 am

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Open up the underpass!!!! Crazy to stop people from crossing, The waiting will be easier, if the old route still operates.