San Francisco PUC Says No to Redwood City

Redwood City can't proceed with plans for a bike path.


A proposed bike path generally located between Oak Knoll Drive and Jefferson Ave., that includes Garrett Park, was stalled after Redwood City’s  preliminary request to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to use the Hetch-Hetchy right-of-way was rejected following a nine-month review.

The Redwood City Parks Commission meeting, tonight at 7 p.m. at 1400 Roosevelt Ave., will have a formal public update.

Without the preliminary approval from SFPUC, the city can't proceed with further steps on the project, which would include outreach to gather community input to define the vision and scope for the project.

Matthew Self originally submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Parks and Recreation Department in March of 2012.

“It's very disheartening to see our local government agencies not able to work together on what seems like such a simple and beneficial project,” Self wrote in an e-mail. “The city is essentially asking for a permit to let residents legally walk along this 13-acre open space that they have been walking on for years.”

Among the community benefits Self listed was increased community exercise in a vehicle free zone along with bike commuting, community  connection and safe routes to schools.

“As a large property owner in Redwood City, SFPUC has a responsibility to see that the public land that they oversee is used in the set interest of the residents,” Self wrote. “Every local government is trying to find ways to encourage their citizens to be more active and exercise more, so this seems like “no-brainer.’”

Will you be going to the meeting Wednesday night? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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shell levine February 28, 2013 at 01:22 AM
That is such a shame. I wish I could attend the mtg. tonight. There is no easy way for our son to get to Woodside High School from Oak Knoll and that bike path would be brilliant! I drive him everyday. There is no bus service down Alameda and since the awful bicycle tragedy of a student this Fall on the corner of Roosevelt I will continue. The Emerald Hills community would really flourish from this path.
TM February 28, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Just so we're all on the same page here, it takes DECADES to get permission to use SFPUC land for recreational purposes. The only exception that I know of is the CSM cross-country track course behind Belmont. Don't know how that agreement came about.? That Redwood City is only into this process for 9 months, is barely a first baby step.
Sandra Winkler February 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM
It is ridiculous to think it should take decades to get permission to use SFPUC land for recreation purposes. This is a great project which should move forward. This would really benefit the community.
Andreas Zamenes February 28, 2013 at 08:33 PM
What can we do to get SFPUC to be rational and logical? Petition? The only way they're going to drop the power trip is if we put the pressure on! Any ideas? More rural bike paths = good for everyone!
TM March 01, 2013 at 03:17 AM
You might know of the Sawyer Camp [paved] Trail that leads from the north side of the San Mateo Creek Dam. That trail has been improved and open to the public now for 30+ years. Did you know it's 'twin' leads from the south side of the dam? It's an old narrow reasonably paved road with some weeds growing within it, that's gated off at Skyline Blvd. Shortly after the north section opened, the county started pursuing the opening of the southern link. Every couple of years the SFPUC would come up with some conditions that opposed it's opening. The county would find methods to meet those conditions, then the SFPUC would come up with a new set of obstacles. And on went the cycle. The trail is nowhere nearer to opening than it was 25+ years ago. The SFPUC is not interested in the public's ability to seek [self goverened] recreation. Instead it's prinmary goal is to deliver piped water, and protect to the last stalemate the security and health concerns of those pipes and the watershed area. Go ahead and circulate all the petitions you want. Your odds are better at winning the lottery. And then that money still wouldn't help you to get [legal] access to their property.
TGD March 01, 2013 at 03:42 AM
"You might know of the Sawyer Camp [paved] Trail that leads from the north side of the San Mateo Creek Dam." We use to drive down that road when it was gravel (and no gate) and party like crazy, then head down to the water temple and really get loaded back in the late '70's early '80's.


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