for a Safer, Greener, Healthier Cupertino
The City of Cupertino is designing a trail that would provide an off-street biking and walking path that runs parallel to the existing Regnart Creek and provide a connection between Pacifica Drive and the existing Creekside Trail at E. Estates Drive. The Regnart Library Trail will serve as a critical safe and off-road route for school children to walk or bike to Cupertino High School and Eaton Elementary. The Regnart Library Trail will also serve as a vital connector for residents to walk or bike to the Cupertino Library and Civic Center, Wilson Park, and Creekside Park. This trail is not yet approved--the vote is on September 17.
Check out our links at the top of the page for much more information, including upcoming important events!
Have your family & friends sign the petition!
EVERY NEW SIGNATURE COUNTS TO SHOW THAT THIS IS A TRAIL THAT OUR COMMUNITY WANTS AND WILL USE. PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TODAY!
NOTE: YOU ONLY NEED BE A RESIDENT TO SIGN, NOT A VOTING CITIZEN.
Tell the City Council to support the trail!
THE REGNART CREEK TRAIL FACES STRONG OPPOSITION FROM RESIDENTS ALONG THE TRAIL AND THE CITY COUNCIL IS VERY DIVIDED ON THE ISSUE. WE NEED YOUR VOICE!
PLEASE SCAN THE QR CODE OR CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SEND AN AUTOMATED EMAIL TO THE CITY COUNCIL EXPRESSING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE TRAIL.*
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%!
We Need Your Voice to Make the Trail Happen!
Residents living next to the trail are actively running a full-scale attack against the trail. They speak weekly against the trail at City Council and Bike Commission meetings. This is influencing the City Council to consider not moving forward the trail. The City Council needs to also hear the voices of the hundreds of residents who support the trail!
Your voice is important. Here's what you can do:
- Send an email to the city council members at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them to fund the trail.
- Come to a city council meeting and speak in support of the trail. Click here or on the button below to sign up for an upcoming date or the vote on September 17.
With your help, we can stand up to the handful of residents against the trail and defend the right of hundreds of residents to have access to a safe, off-road route for recreation and fitness, and for our kids to have a safe route to schools, the library, and local parks.
The Regnart Library Trail now has over 1,500 supporters! 🙌 🙏
We are excited to announce that the Regnart Library Trail has reached over 1,500 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 we are gathering signatures shows the depth of the support for this initiative in the community. Residents want this trail.
We are now aiming for 1,800 signatures. Tell your Cupertino friends and family to sign the petition, if they want the Regnart Library Trail to become a reality.
Opponents Of The Trail Continue to Push Back Hard, Harass and Mislead
Regrettably, the opponents of the trail have not kept to the 'high ground'. At almost every City Council meeting, misleading information is cited to the City Council to kill the project. Other tactics used have been complaints to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests for all emails of Commissioners for many months, and on-trail meetings -- using their back gates to the trail for access -- with our Water District Board representative to convince her to not allow a Joint Use Agreement. School board members have also been told misleading and inaccurate information. Our own Vice-Mayor Chao has contacted the CUSD and FUHSD Boards and used her influence as a Councilmember to discourage them from supporting the trail.
Unfortunately, their negative tactics are working, especially with residents who may not know who is speaking the truth.
We should not let this small gang of resentful residents win and keep the trail for their own private use.
Let's do what's right for our community. Let's create a recreation path that benefits ALL of our families, our seniors, and our children. Let's open up this trail for ALL neighbors to use.
We are at 1,500 signatures--let's get to 2,000!
Project Update - July 1, 2019
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 with 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 the (public) Bicycle Pedestrian Commission meeting.
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 has been delayed into August or September (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 email@example.com.