for a Safer, Greener, Healthier Cupertino
We did it! THANK YOU to all community members like you for your emails and comments. You made it possible for the Regnart Trail to go forward to construction.
The Cupertino City Council voted to move forward to construction on the trail on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
The City Council voted unanimously (5-0) to:
- Allow the City Staff to commence construction upon receipt of an on-budget contractor bid for the trail
- NOT increase the city funding of the private fencing/walls on adjacent neighbors' land.
Almost 50 residents spoke in the meeting and 65+ sent emails to urge the Council to not delay this project any longer and start construction as soon as possible.
This vote avoids a potential 8-10 month delay due to nesting season and due to more discussions/outreach with the adjacent neighbors about their fencing selections. Read more below on the decisions.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2020
Like every other vote on the Regnart Creek Trail, this vote was unanimous to move the project forward. There was however a great deal of pushback during the discussion from Councilmember Liang Chao as in previous meetings on the trail.
During the September 2019 vote, Councilmember Chao presented a 20+ slide Powerpoint presentation on all the reasons she opposed the project. At this meeting, she presented verbally her reasons opposing the motion and scolded "be patient" to residents who felt 3 years was long enough to wait for a simple trail project.
CONSTRUCTION TO START JAN 2021
Construction on the trail needs to begin in January 2021 or it will be delayed until Fall/Winter 2021 due to nesting season.
By voting to allow the project to move forward without another vote upon receiving and accepting an on-budget bid, the project will be able to commence in January 2021 and avoid an eight month delay.
NO ADDITIONAL CITY FUNDS FOR FENCING
The residents opposing the trail who have chosen to build concrete walls on the back of their yards asked the Council on November 17 to add $154,000 in city taxpayer funds to pay for the full cost of their walls, for a total of ~$28,000 per home. The Council did not approve their request.
In comparison, the cost to the city for residents who chose a standard wood, composite, or mass-loaded-vinyl fence will be approx. $6,000-$13,000.
For more on the fencing, click here.
TRAIL FUNDED THROUGH VTA MEASURE B FUNDS
Cupertino city staff will use $1.885M in state Measure B (grant) funds for the trail. This designation has been accepted by the VTA so the trail itself will not be paid for by city funding.
The private fences will be paid out of the city's general fund (i.e. public funds) and currently have a budget of $756,000.
It should be noted that using public funds for private land improvements is unprecedented both in Cupertino and locally.
Thank you to everyone that came to the vote meeting this year and in previous years, helped gather signatures, attended other trail events in support and more. It is truly a group effort, and we wouldn't have made it without you!
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
In the Walk-Bike Cupertino 2020 Candidate Survey, every City Council candidate except Sharlene Lee stated their support for the 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.
Creates a safe off-road route for kids to go to schools, parks, and the library
Adds much-needed recreational space especially now that there are more people walking & biking with social distancing
Reduces car traffic around schools
Improve parking at the library; independent city study confirmed parking demand will decrease with the trail
Provides convenient, fun, and easy access for residents to parks, the library, and civic center
Increases property values
Create a great place for neighbors to meet casually to build community ties
Improves physical fitness of residents
Homes near bike trails tend to see their property values increase by up to 32%!
Connects to the McClellan Road protected bike lanes, creating a complete cross-town protected route for cyclists of all ages from Monta Vista High School to 800 feet from Cupertino High School