Oak Grove University Crane bike project

The Oak Grove University Crane Bicycle Improvement Project is a one-year trial installation of a bicycle facility on the proposed streets. The route connects key destinations in the City including schools, the downtown and connecting residential neighborhoods. The proposed project includes buffered bike lanes on each side of the street on Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive, with a connecting bicycle route marked with sharrows on Crane Street, Santa Cruz Avenue, and Live Oak Avenue. Parking changes proposed as part of this project are detailed further below.

Current Status


The bicycle facility project  has been completed and the bicycle lanes are now open. To celebrate, please join us for a bicyle tour along Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive on Sunday October 22, 2017. The tour will begin at Menlo-Atherton High School at 1 pm, with stops along the way and a discussion at Le Boulanger after the tour. Please join us to experience the new lanes and provide feedback, more information can be found here.

Project background


In 2015, the Bicycle Commission proposed inclusion of a new priority project in the Commission’s two-year work plan. The City Council approved the project as part of its 2016 Work Plan and approved the concept design on December 6, 2016. On April 18, 2017, the City Council directed staff to advance the project into construction to be open before school starts in the fall of 2017. Provisions for weekend parking between Laurel Street and Middlefield Road and events at Nativity Church were also incorporated.

Parking changes


As part of the City’s design of the project, parking occupancy on each street was reviewed to analyze areas of highest parking demand and minimize impacts by preserving as much parking as feasible in these areas, particularly in the downtown area. As such, all parking on Crane Street, Santa Cruz Avenue and Live Oak Avenue was preserved as part of this project.  

However, some parking removal was necessary to install bike lanes on Oak Grove and University Avenues. 
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Next Steps

This project is being installed as a one-year pilot project. The City will be collecting data during the one-year period to evaluate the success of the project before a decision is made by the City Council on whether a permanent installation would occur. Data to be collected includes parking occupancy, traffic counts, counts of the number of bicyclists, as well as a survey of business owners, residents, and users on their experiences with the project.