Build the Mar Vista Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

Published Thursday, April 5, 2012

Proposed and Existing Routes from Seacliff to Mar Vista Elementary and Cabrillo College
Proposed and Existing Routes from Seacliff to Mar Vista Elementary and Cabrillo College

In 2007, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) received $7 million in state funds for a new bike/pedestrian bridge to connect sections of Mar Vista Drive over Highway 1 in Aptos. The bridge is part of the proposed Highway 1 widening project. While the highway widening has taken a long time and has hit various hurdles, funding for the bridge is already in place. We would like to see the bridge separated from the $600 million highway widening and get it built without further delay. People Power believes the bridge is a very important addition to our County's bike infrastructure. It would connect the Seacliff neighborhood to Soquel businesses and provide a safe crossing over Highway 1 for students to Mar Vista Elementary School and Cabrillo. The bridge would also connect to a future rail trail. Now, anyone walking or biking from the Seacliff neighborhood must take State Park Drive, which is not pedestrian or bike friendly. We have been working for over 20 years to make Santa Cruz County a safer and more convenient place to bike, skate, and walk. This bridge would be one more improvement toward that goal.

In late 2011, the RTC suggested shifting funds from the bridge to another project. Supervisor Ellen Pirie was a great ally in making sure the funding stayed with the bridge. People Power organized a meeting with Pirie and members of the Aptos community, including members of the Seacliff Improvement Association, the Cabrillo Bike Co-op, Mar Vista Elementary School and the Seacliff Improvement Association. Everyone expressed their enthusiasm for the bridge. With such broad support and with funding already approved, we want this project to move forward sooner rather than later.

The proposed bridge would provide an exceptionally safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists without highway on- or off-ramps, and would cut out a distance of about 3400 feet.

Upcoming Events for the Mar Vista Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

For information on upcoming community meetings, contact Amelia at director@peoplepowersc.org

Cosponsors:

  • Seacliff Improvement Association
  • Mar Vista Elementary Parent's Club
  • Aptos High School Booster Club
  • Cabrillo College Climate Initiative Task Force
  • People Power
  • Sierra Club
  • Cabrillo Bike Cooperative

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Bridging the Highway at Mar Vista Drive - published Sunday, May 13, 2007