Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project
Community Meeting Presentation
An on-line community meeting was held on September 24th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm to obtain input from the community regarding the improvements proposed for the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project.
To view the presentation, click on the link below.
The current design for the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project is now approximately 35% complete. Plans can be found here.
The design currently includes the following elements:
- Installation of protected Class IV bicycle lanes on Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way
- Improvements to the key intersections of Blossom Hill Road, Daves Avenue, and Lark/Wimbeldon for increased pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular safety
- Vehicle lane modifications including the removal of one northbound vehicular travel lane for much of the corridor and additional site specific travel lane modifications
- Removal of parking in some areas along this portion of Winchester Boulevard
Questions or comments on the 35% design may be submitted to the Town’s Project Manager, Suyesh Shrestha at SShrestha@losgatosca.gov.
WINCHESTER BOULEVARD BICYCLE LANES - PROJECT BACKGROUND
The Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bicycle Lane Project is a precursor to the Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Project. Both projects propose improvements to transform Winchester Boulevard to improve safety and connections for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, in an effort to encourage more bicycling and walking trips as part of the Town’s overall Connect Los Gatos Program.
The current scope of the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project consists of the installation of protected bicycle lanes and minor pedestrian safety improvements on Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way, focusing primarily on improvements that can be implemented using pavement striping and signage which can easily be incorporated into the Town’s upcoming 2021 Annual Street Maintenance – Winchester Boulevard Resurfacing Project.
The Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project will be designed during summer/fall 2020, and the improvements will be incorporated into the Town’s Annual Street Maintenance Project – Winchester Boulevard Resurfacing Project for construction in Spring/Summer 2021. The Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Project requires a much longer design and construction process, with construction of the larger project potentially slated for 2028.
The Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bicycle Lane Project is included in the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 Capital Improvement Program with a total budgeted amount of $982,455. This includes a Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) grant of $293,900 from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
At the June 16, 2020 Town Council meeting, Council approved an amendment to the existing consultant services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates to include the design of the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project. As Kimley-Horn is also completing the design work for the overall Winchester Complete Streets Project, the amendment will allow for the work of the two projects to be integrated and compatible.
To stay informed of updates to the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project, please enroll in the Notify Me services located on the left hand side of this webpage. By enrolling in the program, the user will receive either a text or e-mail each time an update is posted to the project page.
Existing Conditions Report
One of the early deliverables of the design project is the Winchester Boulevard Existing Conditions Report. The report describes the corridor in its current condition and how people use it today. It also identifies the following deficiencies:
- Sidewalk gap between Lark Avenue and Creekside Court
- Lack of designated pedestrian crossings between Daves Avenue and Lark Avenue
- No ADA access or wait area at bus stops
- No sufficient sense of safety with current striped bike lanes
- No bike lane north of UPRR tracks
The Report will serve as the informational foundation for the conceptual designs and eventually final recommendations for improvements. The feasibility of implementing improvements of this nature will be further explored and identified as part of subsequent study and design efforts. The Town is actively pursuing funding for the final design and construction of the improvements.