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Business Changes That May Affect Traffic in Cupertino

Apple, the schools, developers, and Ranch 99 are not going away -- that ship has sailed.  The City needs to look forward and plan for what is coming - more traffic.

We're back after a short intermission. News; news or is moving in where moved out. Can you imagine the traffic congestion that is going to cause?

I was actually hit by a car on my bike about a week ago near that corner of McClellan and So De Anza Blvd. I'm fine; it drove the point home—we are at risk and with few options because our city is not responding to the need for a community transit solution.

, the schools, developers, and Ranch 99 are not going away—that ship has sailed. The City needs to look forward and plan for what is coming—more traffic.

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Gary E. Jones May 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
http://www.lavozdeanza.com/opinion/stevens-creek-blvd-should-get-brt-1.2874780#.T8avLWt5mSN Good article Chris. Maybe Cupertino can lead the way!
Gary E. Jones May 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM
EIR speaks volumes: http://cupertino.patch.com/articles/traffic-tops-list-of-concerns-at-apple-eir-meeting
Frank Geefay May 31, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Apple Campus 2 and Main Street have yet to impact our traffic. The die has been cast but perhaps these ships hasn't quite left the dock yet. We need the city to deal with the impending traffic impact these and other large developments will have on Cupertino. Hopefully Main Street will attract a lot of outside shoppers and Apple will have 12,000-13,000 employees converging onto one site daily. The city needs to be proactive in planning around the added traffic burden our street will bare as these projects are completed and their impact on road safety such as for pedestrians and cyclists, and traffic congestion and potential increased accidents. Having a public transit strategy seems a sensible solution that could alleviate much of this traffic congestion and safety issues.
Robin May 31, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Glad you are ok!
Gary E. Jones May 31, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Well said Frank.
Frank Geefay May 31, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Add the Biltmore Apartment project to the list of upcoming projects that will significantly impact the traffic in Cupertino and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, not to speak of further overcrowding out nationally ranked schools whose State funding has been greatly reduced. http://cupertino.patch.com/articles/public-invited-to-thursday-open-house-on-biltmore-project?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
Frank Geefay May 31, 2012 at 06:23 PM
For more articles about the need of an effective transit system for Cupertino see: http://cupertino.patch.com/topics/friends-of-cupertino-transit-1704f939
Chris Zhang May 31, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Glad you're OK, Gary - Having been riding bicycle and motorcycle for years, I've learned the perils of sharing the road with car drivers. Personally, I was hoping Lucky would be replaced by Safeway. But oh well. The move by Ranch 99 reflects the changing dynamics of Cupertino. Will Ranch 99 cause more traffic than Lucky? Probably. Generate more tax revenue for the city, too? Sure. Will the city spend the revenue on traffic issues? Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Anne Ernst (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Gary, glad you're OK, too. Even bike lanes on our roads don't feel safe and secure to me when I ride my bike. I always feel as if it's easy for a car driver to not see me.
Gary E. Jones June 04, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Witnessed a bike accident today. Scary riding in the Coop.
Michelle Fitzsimmons June 04, 2012 at 01:17 AM
yikes! was it between a car and a cyclist?
Frank Geefay June 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Cupertino claims to be a bicycle friendly city. Yet bicycle accidents or close calls are almost a daily occurrence as reported by Gary. The number of both cars and cyclists continue to increase. It's just a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. We need to decrease the number of cars on the road and make drivers more aware of cyclist around then. It appears that "Sunnyvale City Council does not recommend Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on El Camino Real" (Mercury news http://www.mercurynews.com/sunnyvale/ci_20692461/sunnyvale-city-council-does-not-recommend-bus-rapid). Perhaps this is Cupertino's opportunity to change Valley Transit Authority"s (VTA) priorities and get a BRT put along Stevens Creek Blvd. from San Jose to Cupertino. With Main Street and other large projects, that may further impact traffic and street safety, in the works a BRT system would help bring people from San Jose to Cupertino in addition to benefit De Anza students living in San Jose. It would also help reduce traffic in Cupertino making our streets safer for both pedestrians and cyclist. Cupertino City Council needs to be proactive in drawing outside visitors to Main Street and elsewhere in Cupertino and reduce street traffic to make it safer for all.

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