Ross Road Bike Boulevard Orientation Day Coming April 11
The City will be hosting a Ross Road education and orientation event on Wednesday, April 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ramos Park, 800 E. Meadow Drive. The event is set to coincide with the completion of the Ross Road and East Meadow roundabout that is one of the traffic calming elements being used in the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bike Boulevard Project. Construction started last September on Ross Road as the first segment of a 7.1 mile project to make it easier for Palo Altans to get around without a car by slowing down traffic and making it safer for bike riders and pedestrians.
In response to community concerns, the City announced last week that it will be verifying the adequacy of the roundabout for large vehicles, as well as seeking independent engineering experts to review the design. The bike boulevard education event is the first of several events the City plans to step up outreach and informational efforts on the project.
The Ross Road orientation event will feature cameos by the new Safe Routes to School bike safety mascots “Siggy” the human traffic signal and “Coney” the human traffic cone; pace bikes to show safe ways to ride on Ross Road during school arrival/dismissal times; a sidewalk riding video animation, bike and driver safety information, as well as dockless bike shares from OFO, LimeBike and other vendors that can be checked out and used to ride down Ross Road. Refreshments include an energizer station with coffee and “roundabout” pancakes.
City staff will be on hand to answer questions on how to use the roundabout and Ross “Road Scouts” will be available to accompany those interested in riding with someone down Ross and learning more about the safety features.
For more information on the project, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/bikepedsafety.
Last Updated: March 21, 2018