The mayors of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park led a “family-friendly, flat, fun, five-mile” bicycle ride on Saturday morning through parts of all three cities to promote bicycling and “celebrate the unity and diversity of our communities.” About two dozen community members joined the ride, which met at the Four Seasons hotel in East Palo Alto near University and Woodland avenues.
Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff, East Palo Alto Mayor Larry Moody, and Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith have all seen the cities they lead make major steps forward this year to promote healthy transportation and further connect communities on both sides of the highway.
In June, Palo Alto’s City Council approved a $9.6 million contract to construct a network of new bicycle boulevards crossing the city, and finalized the environmental review of a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Highway 101 at Adobe Creek on Tuesday. East Palo Alto approved a new bicycle plan in October, and began construction on a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Highway 101 on Thursday. Menlo Park installed a bicycle boulevard on Oak Grove Avenue crossing downtown, and began construction in May on a new interchange at Willow Road and Highway 101 that will include sidewalks and both standard and separated bike lanes.
The three mayors also used Saturday morning’s bike ride to promote next June’s 2018 Gran Fondo Silicon Valley, an exclusive 75-mile supported bicycling tour “set in California’s high-tech venture capitalist heartland and true cycling paradise” from the Four Seasons hotel in East Palo Alto to the Pacific Ocean and back. Tickets are currently selling for $260 each.