Homestead Safe Routes to School

Homestead Road is an important east-west roadway within Santa Clara County that connects four jurisdictions and three schools. The Homestead Road Safe Routes to School Improvements Project will upgrade pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on 1.5 miles of Homestead Road (Foothill Expressway to Hollenbeck Avenue/Stelling Road) in Los Altos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Unincorporated Santa Clara County. 

The project improves safety for students who walk and bike to West Valley Elementary School, Cupertino Middle School, and Homestead High School. The project was initiated at the behest of...

Homestead Road is an important east-west roadway within Santa Clara County that connects four jurisdictions and three schools. The Homestead Road Safe Routes to School Improvements Project will upgrade pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on 1.5 miles of Homestead Road (Foothill Expressway to Hollenbeck Avenue/Stelling Road) in Los Altos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Unincorporated Santa Clara County. 

The project improves safety for students who walk and bike to West Valley Elementary School, Cupertino Middle School, and Homestead High School. The project was initiated at the behest of community members who were concerned about the conditions for student bicyclists and pedestrians. A feasibility study conducted in 2019 found locations within the project area to have higher concentrations of collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Of 21 collisions reported between 2015 and 2019, more than half involved school children. 

A map showing the project extents of the Homestead Road Project
A map showing the extents of the Homestead Road Safe Routes to School Project

Project Description  

This project implements numerous bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements that would allow for more families to choose to walk or bike to school. 

  • Pedestrian improvements include widening existing sidewalks and closing sidewalk gaps, modifying freeway on-ramp alignments, providing ADA-compliant curb ramps, installing high-visibility crosswalks, and reconfiguring intersections to reduce crossing distances and increase visibility between roadway users.  

  • Bicycle improvements include upgrading existing bike lanes to separated bikeways, widening and extending a shared-use path, providing bike turns/waiting spaces in medians, and modifying traffic signals to improve bicycle detection.  

  • The project will also signalize the intersection of Homestead Road and Fallen Leaf Drive, to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the street.  

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Funding

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15.4 M