If cycling figures into your Stanford commute -- or you just like to walk or ride along the Bay -- good news is here. The grand opening of the Highway 101 Bike Bridge is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, weather permitting. This year-round bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing over Highway 101 is located at Adobe Creek near Palo Alto’s southern border.
The new overcrossing includes a new Class I trail connection, connecting West Bayshore Road to the Baylands Nature Preserve, Byxbee Park, the San Francisco Bay Trail and more. It also offers an accessible alternative to an existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) non-compliant overpass about a mile north of the new bridge.
This overcrossing replaces the seasonal Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass. That underpass was available only half the year due to seasonal flooding. The new overcrossing is part of the Santa Clara County Countywide Bicycle Plan.
New pedestrian undercrossing opens in Redwood City
Just a few miles up the peninsula, Redwood City officials celebrated the opening of the Highway 101 pedestrian undercrossing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 10. The new undercrossing, runs beneath the freeway, adjacent to Redwood Creek, and now connects the bike path along Bair Island Road with the bike lanes on Main Street in Redwood City.
The 14-foot wide path includes landscaping improvements, site lighting, two retaining walls, and a scenic overlook. According to the city’s infrastructure update, the project is substantially complete and the contractor aims to complete the remaining items by the end of November 2021.