Creating a Grand Boulevard
El Camino Real is a vital thoroughfare through San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, yet it suffers from traffic congestion, neglect and dangerous situations for pedestrians and bicyclists. Efforts are underway to transform El Camino Real into a grand boulevard of meaningful destinations with wide sidewalks and bike lanes, new townhomes, jobs, shops and parks.
Greenbelt Alliance has been invited to work with SamTrans and the San Mateo County Health System on the Grand Boulevard Initiative, established in 2006, to create a buzz among those who live, shop, work and commute along the corridor.
By encouraging coordinated regional planning rather than isolated city-by-city development, El Camino Real can better connect residents to their communities while improving mobility. The Grand Boulevard will also target housing and job growth in key cities and make it easier to use Caltrain and buses. Ten guiding principles provide the framework for how cities can accommodate new homes and jobs. Greenbelt Alliance formed a community leaders roundtable and is hosting Walk the Talk forums to gain valuable input from residents and small business owners. To learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative and its guiding principles, please visit the Grand Boulevard website.