Bus islands, bike lanes, and other transportation improvements would be a huge boon to the City of Santa Clara community.

Santa Clara Community Rallies for Smart Growth on El Camino Real

On February 6th, 2019, the Santa Clara City Council held a study session to discuss the El Camino Real Specific Plan. Approximately 15 community members attended to advocate for a responsible plan that included smart growth principles. Attendees included Greenbelt Alliance and Santa Clara Community Advocates (SCCA), a coalition of Santa Clara residents and nonprofits.

Neighbors asked for a plan that would make the corridor a thriving and vibrant community. Specific requests included more homes that are affordable for all income levels and more choices on how to get around—including a protected a bike lane and bus boarding islands.

Since last year, Greenbelt Alliance, along with other members of the SCCA, including residents, SV@Home, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, have participated on the Community Advisory Committee. This group made a unanimous recommendation for the removal of on-street parking in favor of a protected bike lane, and largely supported a housing-rich plan, to accommodate the growing and changing Santa Clara workforce.

As the City of Santa Clara prepares its environmental report to share with the city council and the community, Santa Clara Community Advocates and Greenbelt Alliance are continuing our joint advocacy efforts. We will be coordinating walking tours along El Camino Real—an opportunity for neighbors to interactively engage with the corridor, and suggest direction to the City Council on the design of the future ECR.

If you believe in an inclusive and sustainable future for all Santa Clarans, please contact Kiyomi Honda Yamamoto, South Bay Regional Representative to learn how you can join our community effort to shape the future of the El Camino Real.

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