Walk/Bike Study Issue
Update: Success! The city council decided to approve the study issue on Feb 25th, 2021. Three other Department of Public Works study issues also passed, and the city council ranked the Tasman Drive Study Issue as the most important!
We will be keeping track of this study issue to ensure that it gets funded in the FY 2021/2022 budget. Next steps:
April 2021 - City Council decides whether to continue the temporary lane closure (advocacy needed)
May 20, 2021 - Budget workshop (make sure study issue gets funded)
2023/2024 - Construction begins
In September 2020, the City closed down a lane on Tasman Drive to provide space for walking and biking. Over the last few months, there has been incredibly high usage of the lane closure. Residents have been using it to travel to parks, buy groceries, and commute to work.
Given the success of this lane closure, we would like to encourage the city to investigate making the lane closure permanent and identify a solution that facilitates safe walking and biking on both sides of the street.
Multi-use pathway example
Our preferred solution
Our preferred solution is a multi-use pathway on both sides of the street. This will provide a wide space for pedestrians and bikers that is separated from cars.
Increased safety for all users - last year an elderly pedestrian was fatally hit by a driver
Better access to parks, Light Rail stations, bus stops, the East Channel Trail, Grocery Outlet, and other local businesses
Safer and easier routes for students to bike to Lakewood Elementary School and Mission College
Less traffic on Tasman by diverting commuters to other roads such as 101, 237, and Persian Dr
Cleaner, healthier air and less noise pollution from fewer cars
Tasman Dr west of Lawrence Expressway should be a Residential Street
Tasman Dr west of Lawrence Expressway is an overwhelmingly residential area with houses on both sides of the street. Residents in this area deserve safe walking sidewalks and bike lanes, just like any other residential street in Sunnyvale.
During pre-pandemic times, drivers commuting to/from Moffett Park used this section of Tasman Drive as a shortcut, which results in more fast-moving traffic through the neighborhood at the expense of the quality of life of the local residents. There are several alternative routes for commuters (red lines). Reducing this section of Tasman Drive from 4 lanes to 2 lanes would minimize through-traffic and divert commuters to other routes, improving the safety and livability of the neighborhood.
On February 25th, the Sunnyvale City Council will be considering the approval of the Tasman Drive Study Issue. This is just the first step. If the study is approved, the subsequent steps can take 2-3 years to get the project completed, with multiple approval gates in between. Public involvement and support is critical at each step to keep the project moving forward.
Feb 25 2021 - City Council approves the Tasman Dr Study Issue
April 2021 - City Council decides whether to continue the temporary lane closure