Group of people riding bicycles with VTA staff
VTA Talks Bascom Complete Streets on Group Ride with San Jose Council Candidates
Bicycle riding on the street

This Mother’s Day, VTA Senior Transportation Planner Lauren Ledbetter joined San Jose District 6 council candidates Michael Mulcahy and Olivia Navarro on a community bicycle ride to discuss the community’s bicycle infrastructure concerns. The 7-mile ride was organized by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

While the group paused near the Bascom Library and Community Center, Ledbetter took time to brief riders on the Bascom Complete Streets: I-880 to Hamilton Avenue Project, which looks to enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety, improve bus and light rail transit accessibility and reliability, improve the streetscape, and ensure the roadway serves all modes of transportation. Valley Medical Center and San Jose City College are key destinations along this corridor, which typically serves more than 25,000 vehicles each day.

Parts of Bascom Avenue are already being revitalized, with numerous developments currently under construction. Sunday’s group riders were able to see the start of a future Class IV (protected) bikeway near the Southwest Expressway intersection, not far from VTA’s Bascom Light Rail Station.

VTA’s plans for the corridor, developed with the Cities of San Jose and Campbell and the County of Santa Clara, include closing gaps in existing sidewalks, adding crosswalks, enhancing streetscapes, and providing complete and continuous bike facilities.

To learn more about the Bascom Complete Streets project, please join us online Wednesday, May 29 for AskVTA. In this facilitated virtual question-and-answer session, VTA transportation planners will answer questions about bicycle superhighways, Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School Programs, and other active transportation-related topics. RSVP on Eventbrite

Group discussion in front of Bascom Library about bicycle safety and VTA bike lanes

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