Someday soon Middlefield Road in Atherton could be flanked with bright green bicycle paths and sport a long stretch of off-road bike trail. The Middlefield Road project is the top priority in the Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan adopted by the Atherton City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting.
The master plan calls for more, better and safer bike lanes as well as finding ways to make it easier to get around Atherton on foot. The town's next step toward putting the plan into action is to ask consultants for proposals to study what projects should come first.
Council member Rick DeGolia said the plan "will have a real impact on our town if we are able to implement all of it."
The council has budgeted $500,000 in the current fiscal year for projects related to the bicycle-pedestrian plan and $100,000 a year for the next four years. An engineering study will look at the top-priority projects, their costs and feasibility.
The projects to be evaluated are:
(1) Middlefield Road, from Jennings Lane to Ringwood Avenue. Dedicated on-road bike lanes along its entire length plus a separate off-road, two-way path from Watkins to Marsh.
(2) Atherton Avenue, from Alameda de las Pulgas to El Camino Real. Initially, a bike route sharing the road with vehicles, with consideration of eventually widening the road to allow dedicated on-road bike lanes in the future.
(3) Selby Lane from El Camino Real to Selby Lane School. Dedicated on-road bike lanes.
(4) Elena Avenue/Faxon Road/Barry Lane/Atherton/Selby Lane and a parallel route splitting off at Isabella Avenue/Elena Avenue/Atherton Avenue/Austin Avenue. A bike route sharing the road with vehicles
(5) Watkins Avenue from El Camino Real to Middlefield Road. A bike route sharing the road with vehicles.
The plan is posted on the town's website.