for a Safer, Greener, Healthier Cupertino
The Regnart Creek Trail is Approved!
The City Council voted on Tuesday night at 4:30am to move forward with building the Regnart Creek Trail. They picked a design option and added funding for privacy mitigation for nearby neighbors. Details are below.
Thank You Very Much
Thank you to everyone that came to the vote meeting in support, spoke at this or other Council meetings, helped gather signatures, attended other trail events in support and more. It truly was a group effort and it wouldn't have been possible without you!
The Regnart Creek Trail is Approved
At 4:30am on, Wednesday Sept 18th, after hearing from a stunning 111 residents (76 supporters, 35 opponents) during a nine and a half hour meeting, the city council unanimously agreed to fund the feasibility and full construction of the Regnart Creek trail Option D. They also added a $150,000 fund to be disbursed to residents along the trail that they can use to mitigate the impact of the trail such as new fencing, planting shrubbery, etc.
Councilmember Paul proposed the following motion, which was approved by Councilmembers with a unanimous (5-0) Council vote:
I move that Council:
- Direct staff to proceed with and allocate $2,100,000 for trail improvement option D of the Regnart Creek Trail design as described in Attachment G of the materials associated with this agenda item 9.
- Allocate an additional $150,000 in excess of the cost of the selected option for landscaping or fencing for homes adjoining the trail to address privacy concerns, etc.
- Adopt draft Resolution 19-115 amending the FY 2019/2020 Capital Improvement Program budget to increase the budget to perform design and environmental clearance services from $538,000 to $813,000.
Below are the options that were presented at the City Council. Each option cost includes moving the maintenance ramp next to Wilson Park ($375K), $40K in cost designated for the Lozano Lane neighbors (in addition to the $150K in the motion and 2600 feet of fencing where noted), and 20% soft cost and 15% contingency cost. Though options C-E do not have a "multiuse" designation (due to the surfacing), they will not be closed to bike traffic.
Thank you for signing the petition.
EVERY NEW SIGNATURE SHOWED THAT THIS IS A TRAIL THAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTS AND WILL USE. OUR TOTAL SIGNATURE COUNT WAS OVER 1650 UNIQUE SIGNERS.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT EMAILED CITY COUNCIL IN SUPPORT
THE REGNART CREEK TRAIL FACED STRONG OPPOSITION FROM RESIDENTS ALONG THE TRAIL AND THE CITY COUNCIL WAS VERY DIVIDED ON THE ISSUE. YOUR VOICE MATTERED!
The Regnart Trail is endorsed by:
Safe Routes to School ◆ Lawson PTA ◆ Eaton PTO ◆ Hyde PTSA ◆ Sedgwick PTA ◆ Cupertino Teen Commission ◆ Tino Bike Club (Cupertino High School) ◆ Cupertino Chamber of Commerce ◆ Walk-Bike Cupertino ◆ Silicon Valley Bike Coalition ◆ Almaden Cycling and Touring Club ◆ Cupertino Chamber of Commerce ◆ Trailhead Cyclery ◆ Friends of Stevens Creek Trail
Benefits of the Trail
The trail will connect residents and students all the way from Cupertino High, and Creekside Park to the Cupertino Library/Civic Center and the new McClellan bike lanes towards De Anza College, Monta Vista HS, Kennedy MS, and Regnart.
- Create a safe off-road route for kids to go to schools, parks, and the library
- Reduce car traffic around schools
- Improve parking at the library
- Provide convenient, fun, and easy access for residents to parks, the library, and civic center
- Increase property values
- Create a great place for neighbors to socialize
- Improve physical fitness of residents
- Homes near bike trails tend to see their property values increase by up to 32%!
The Regnart Library Trail now has over 1,650 supporters! 🙌 🙏
We are excited to announce that the Regnart Library Trail has reached over 1,650 supporters with more new residents signing the petition daily!
More than 80% of Cupertino residents said they wanted more trails and paths in the 2018 Cupertino Parks & Recreation Survey. The speed at which signatures were gathered shows the depth of the support for this initiative in the community. Residents want this trail.
Project Update - August 30, 2019 (archive)
City Staff has completed to a 65% design level (65% complete) with HMH Consulting Engineers. City Staff has worked with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and will be presenting a plan that includes railings along the entire length of the trail. The plan also includes curb extensions at Blaney, a raised crosswalk at E. Estates, and flashing lights for crossings at both. This information has been presented at (public) Bicycle Pedestrian Commission meetings.
Community and public meetings also included many discussions of "Alternative #4", which is an on-street (not a trail) alternative which those opposing any trail prefer. The "Alternative #4" are painted "sharrows" ("share the lane" markings) on La Mar and Pacifica, and have bikes mixing with cars. This alternative includes no improvements for walking residents along the trail path, and does not meet the standards set in the Council-approved 2018 Pedestrian or 2016 Bicycle Plans.
Other recent meetings have included a Valley Water District Board meeting, where they reaffirmed their committment to creekside trails and discussed creating standards for these trails, which would be helpful. Twenty-five residents sent emails to the Board, and several residents spoke in favor of the trail, which made a great impact on the Directors. The CUSD Board of Trustees also discussed the Regnart Trail, but as they have not completed their own study, declined to make a formal statement of support to the City Council at this time. They wish to do their own study and review this issue again in the fall (likely after the City Council vote). This decision was not entirely unexpected, as many school districts tend not to take positions on ‘outside of school’ issues, especially if opponents show up to their meetings.
The vote by the Cupertino City Council on the 65% design will be September 17 (this will not be a citizen vote, but a city council vote). You can find more updates here in the future, or if you sign the petition, you will get more updates via email automatically. Want to help more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.