North Fair Oaks Bicycle and Pedestrian Railroad Crossing and Community Connections Study
What is this Study?
The County of San Mateo is working on the North Fair Oaks Bicycle and Pedestrian Railroad Crossing and Community Connections Study to assess the potential for a pedestrian and bicycle railroad crossing over or under the Caltrain tracks, making it easier to walk and bike in North Fair Oaks. The Study will also explore potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements on local streets that provide connections to the new rail crossing and local destinations on both sides of the tracks. The Study team seeks to develop a community-guided plan that reflects the priorities of the North Fair Oaks community and defines a path forward for implementing the improvements. The Study team includes County staff, community organizations (Redwood City Together and Nuestra Casa), and consultants.
Where is the Study area?
The Study area is located within the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks. The boundaries of the Study area are Middlefield Road to the north, 5th Avenue to the east, El Camino Real to the south and the unincorporated County/Redwood City limit to the west.
Why are we conducting this Study?
The North Fair Oaks Community and part of adjacent Redwood City is separated by the four-track Caltrain Railroad Corridor. The railroad tracks separate residents from local destinations that include, but aren’t limited to, community facilities and services, schools, shopping, and local bus service. There is a need for enhanced and connected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
According to the Unincorporated San Mateo County Active Transportation Plan (ATP), North Fair Oaks has both the highest potential demand for walking and biking and the highest concentration of bicycle and pedestrian collisions per square mile of all San Mateo County unincorporated communities. Making streets easier to walk and bicycle on and making it easier to get to destinations with a new bicycle and pedestrian railroad crossing could help reduce collisions.
What are the goals of this Study?
The Study aims to develop a community-guided plan to build a comfortable and convenient connection for people walking and biking across the rail corridor in North Fair Oaks that will:
- Expand choices for traveling without a car
- Reduce serious injuries and fatalities
- Promote opportunities for physical activity
- Improve access to existing bus service
- Improve air quality and have a positive impact on the environment
- Improve connections to and from the North Fair Oaks community and neighborhoods
- Improve access to businesses on either side of the Caltrain railroad tracks
- Support opportunities to make streets better for bicycling and walking
What is the Study timeline?
Looking to provide feedback on this Study?
The following is a table of community engagement activities that have taken place as part of the first phase of outreach. We thank community members that have already engaged with us to share their feedback on travel needs and priorities to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, including a potential new crossing of the Caltrain tracks in the our Study area.
|Saturday, June 11||Casa Circulo, 3090 Middlefield Road|
|Saturday, June 11||Hoover Park, 2100 Spring Street|
|Monday, June 13||Chavez Supermarket, 3282 Middlefield Road|
|Wednesday, June 15||North Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road|
|Wednesday, June 22||Verbo Family Services, 2798 Bay Road|
|Wednesday, June 22||Familias Unidas Virtual Presentation|
|Thursday, June 23||North Fair Oaks Community Council Virtual Presentation|
|Friday, June 24||Willow Market, 37 Willow Street|
|Saturday, June 25||Siena Youth Center, 2625 Marlborough Ave
*Note: This is a combination pop-up at the start of the event followed by a community bike ride. To learn more and to register, visit: www.tinyurl.com/NFObici
|Tuesday, June 28||Mi Rancho Supermarket, 150 Charter Street|
|Tuesday, June 30||Chavez Supermarket, 46 5th Ave|
|Friday, July 8||St. Anthony's, 3500 Middlefield Road|
We look forward to continue meeting and engaging with community members during our next phase of outreach this coming winter 2023. In the meantime, you can continue to share thoughts, comments and ask questions by sending us an e-mail at: OOS_NFOwalkbikesmc@smcgov.org
This Study is being made possible through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant as part of a financial partnership between the County of San Mateo and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
|Phase 1 Engagement Summary|
|Existing Conditions Memo|
|August 18, 2022 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Project Update Presentation|
Link to other County web pages for ongoing projects in North Fair Oaks: