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Burlingame seeks grant for bike paths
January 02, 2016, 05:00 AM By Austin Walsh Daily Journal

Burlingame officials are interested in improving bike connectivity throughout the city, with the help of grant money offered by the county’s Transportation Authority.

The Burlingame City Council stands Monday, Jan. 4, to approve a resolution supporting the upgrade of a bike route along California Drive, which is a popular route for riders to access the city’s train stations and commercial districts, according to a city report.

To build improved bike infrastructure along California Drive could cost as much as $1.2 million, according to the report, and the city is interested in receiving grant money from San Mateo County Transit Authority’s Measure A fund to aid in paying for the project.

Officials have set aside $200,000 to match a portion of the funds contributed by the county toward the project.

The exact improvement projects the grant money may pay toward are yet to be determined, according to the report, but the city previously expressed interest in building a dedicated bike lane along California Drive, especially between Broadway and Murchison Avenue.

The program can grant a maximum of $1 million, and requires a minimum of 10 percent of matching funds by the city, according to the report.

The road along California Drive is currently shared by motorists and bikers, declared by a series of sharrow markings, which delineate a place on the road for bicycles.

But as the route has become increasingly popular for those riding their bikes, according to the report, there is a greater need for improved and safer bicycle infrastructure.

California Drive currently has two lanes in each direction between Broadway and downtown Burlingame, and only one lane in each direction north of Broadway.

Bikers rely on the route to access the city’s two train stations, the downtown business district and Broadway, according to the report, and will use it even more as the city builds recently approved residential projects, such as the 290 units approved to be built just south of Broadway at Carolan Avenue and Rollins Road.

The city has applied already for the grant money, as the deadline passed in December, but must also approve a resolution bolstering its case for the funds.

“Staff reviewed the application criteria and requirements, and believes that the California Drive bicycle facilities improvement project is the most qualified project for this grant money,” said the report from the office of Public Works Director Syed Murtuza.

The Burlingame City Council meets Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m., 501 Primrose Road.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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