Construction set to begin on San Mateo’s first bicycle boulevard

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Construction on the west portion of the 28th Avenue Bicycle Boulevard project — San Mateo’s very first bicycle boulevard — is set to begin next month, while the project’s east portion will start later this month, a city official says.

The project aims to establish an east-west connection on 28th Avenue between Mason Lane west of Alameda de las Pulgas to El Camino Real, where it will connect to the newly relocated Hillsdale Caltrain Station, which remains under construction.

Bike Boulevards slow vehicle speeds using street elements. The west portion of the 28th Avenue project from Mason Lane to El Camino Real will feature curb extensions, speed cushions, a raised crosswalk, high-visibility crosswalks, bicycle boulevard roadway markings and wayfinding signage throughout the corridor, according to the city. The west portion has endured supply chain delays but is expected to start next month, Sue-Ellen Atkinson, principal transportation planner for the city’s Public Works department, told the Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission on Wednesday.

The second portion, called the east portion, runs from West Kyne to Saratoga Drive in the Bay Meadows neighborhood. This portion of the project was used as a temporary Safe Streets location, which is San Mateo’s version of the Slow Streets concept that formed during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer more space for residents to participate in outdoor activities such as exercise. Work on pavement markings and wayfinding signage along the east portion of the boulevard is expected to begin later this month.