San Jose officials want to travel to Copenhagen, which has branded itself the “City of Cyclists,” to study how the area has adapted to cyclists and pedestrians.
Copenhagen reports that as many as half of its residents commute by bike.
Councilman Johnny Khamis, Deputy Director for Transportation Planning Paul Smith, transportation specialist Zahi Khattab and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Colin Heyne will attend a weeklong trip sponsored by the Knight Foundation.
The Aug. 23-29 excursion will include tours, classes and meetings with Copenhagen public officials and a side trip to Malmo, Sweden, to see how the city developed from an industrial to high-tech economy.
“Participants will view everything in both cities with an eye for how it could be adapted and improved in their own communities,” City Manager Ed Shikada writes in a memo.
San Jose’s Bike Plan 2020, a blueprint for future growth, maps out 500 miles of proposed bikeways. The first priority is to improve traffic safety with new striping, traffic signals and curb ramps along the key east-west bicycle route through the city.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for August 12, 2014:
- A federal $291,000 federal grant will help the San Jose Police Department buy 179 new pistols and eight digital trunk radios. Some of the money will also help continue a class that teaches parents how to mentor troubled kids.
- The city’s ready to work with Turner Construction to design and build the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which will move into City Hall by next year.
- San Jose will pay $750,000 into a project to spruce up local bus stops. The VTA will put down another $1 million for the two-year project, which will allow the agency to create public art installations at 21 bus stops.
- The city needs to collect $33.8 million in secured tax revenue this year to pay debt service on its general obligation bonds. For a single-family home valued at $500,000, the levy is $126.50 this fiscal year.
- Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen plans to attend a climate change conference in Hawaii next month. Her trip is sponsored by the East-West Center, a Honolulu-based research group.
- A joint-use agreement with the Santa Clara Valley Water District will allow the city to continue maintaining recreational facilities along Gold Creek at Jeffrey Fontana Park in south San Jose for another 25 years.
- Caltrans plans to build four miles of new carpool lanes between Highway 237 and Interstate 880.
- Telecommunications services and equipment will cost the city $4.9 million this year, a deep discount since the state has a deal to buy in bulk and pass the cost down to local agencies.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260