Middle Avenue complete street

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The Middle Avenue Complete Street project proposes bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the entire length of Middle Avenue between El Camino Real and Olive Street. The project will provide solutions that enhance safety of all users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists, reduce vehicle speed and improve connectivity to schools, parks, grocery stores, downtown and residential neighborhoods.

Current status

At its September 13, 2022 meeting, the City Council reviewed the conceptual design options and recommendations and directed staff to return with details and requirements to implement and evaluate a buffered bike lane pilot project by removing parking on both sides of Middle Avenue. The City Council also directed staff to proceed with design and installation of traffic calming options and to pursue speed reduction to 25 mph on Middle Avenue and several other similar streets.

At its October 18, 2022 meeting, the City Council heard information about the project design, pilot, and evaluation and authorized installation of a stop sign at San Mateo Drive and temporary closure of Blake Street. The City Council directed staff to return at a future meeting to review options for installation of bicycle lanes on Middle Avenue. These options are likely to include the pilot option that would remove parking on both sides of the street, an option to retain parking in several locations with specific parking needs (e.g., Nealon Park, New Community Church, and the multifamily housing buildings between University Drive and Fremont Street), and an option to remove parking from just one side of the street.

The project will return to City Council by early 2023.

Project background

The project will include construction of continuous bicycle lanes, parking safety improvements along Nealon Park frontage, enhancements to existing pedestrian crossings, and installation of other traffic calming elements that reduce vehicle speeds and conflicts. Removal of on-street parking on at least one side of the street is needed to provide adequate room for bicycle lanes. Other traffic calming elements could be implemented with minimal changes to parking.

Stanford University will be responsible for the design and construction of the segment between El Camino Real and University Avenue as a part of a required mitigation measure for its Middle Plaza at 500 El Camino Real project. The City is coordinating with Stanford University to ensure the development of a consistent vision for the entire corridor.

The project includes an outreach program to capture input from the community and stakeholders. This input will produce a corridor vision and guide the development of alternatives and final design of the street. The major components of the outreach program include ongoing communications (including this website), project specific public meetings, community surveys, and presentations to the Complete Streets Commission and City Council.

This project is being coordinated with the Middle Avenue rail crossing project and the Middle Avenue and Nealon Park Pedestrian Improvement project, the latter of which is anticipated to be completed by summer 2022.

Project history

Date Description  Action taken
 Oct 18, 2022

City Council meeting

 
Sep 13, 2022

City Council meeting

 

The City Council directed staff to return with details and prerequisites to implement and evaluate a bike lane pilot project by removing parking on both sides of Middle Avenue.

Aug 23, 2022

City Council meeting

The City Council received an informational item on project background, outreach effort, conceptual design options and commission recommendation.

July 13, 2022

Complete Streets Commission meeting

The Complete Streets Commission received and provided recommendations on conceptual design options.
May 11, 2022

 Complete Streets Commission meeting

Complete Streets Commission provided feedback on how to select the preferred improvement options
Mar 3, 2022

Community meeting

Community provided feedback on the project
Mar 9, 2021 City Council discussed yearly work plan and priorities, including various projects on Middle Avenue City Council directed staff to add Middle Avenue traffic calming project as a complete street project
Nov 17, 2020 Transportation Master Plan proposed bicycle facility: El Camino Real to Olive Street - Class II bicycle lanes City Council adopted the Transportation Master Plan
Oct 13, 2020 Speed limit survey: El Camino Real to University Drive - reduced from 30 to 25 mph; University Drive to Olive Street - remained 30 mph City Council directed staff to return with options for traffic calming on Middle Avenue to achieve a 25 mph zone
May 21, 2020 Complete Streets Commission presented yearly work plan, including a high-level Middle Avenue and Olive Street bicycle improvement project scope City Council approved work plan with modifications
Apr 10, 2019 Street resurfacing from San Mateo Drive to Olive Street; Developed alternatives for bicycle lanes Complete Streets Commission recommended a preferred alternative to City Council
Oct 10, 2017 500 El Camino development: Responsible for bicycle facility design/implementation from El Camino Real to University Drive (Mitigation Measure TRA-2.1) City Council approved the development project also known as Middle Plaza
Nov 29, 2016 General Plan proposed bicycle facilities: El Camino Real to University Drive - Class II bicycle lanes; University Drive to Olive Street - Class III bicycle routes City Council adopted General Plan - circulation element

Contact us

Kevin Chen

Senior Transportation Engineer
Email

650-330-6748

Location

Middle Avenue between El Camino Real and Olive Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025  View map

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