Stanley Blvd - Pleasanton to Livermore - Project Done
The 3+ mile flat drag streetscape project is finally done, new bike lanes on both sides plus the protected bike trail running past the quarry, Shadowcliffs Lake & BMX park.
Vineyard has been the only P-town route to get out to Livermore/Mines with the construction lasting years on Stanley, but it's finally completed giving you a straight shot option to go downtown Livermore and routes north. (A personal favorite for summer night rides.)
6-7 miles r/t, virtually no stoplights, flat, straight, running east to west. Westerly wind almost every afternoon. However, car traffic will be 50+ mph on Stanley, and not necessarily sober on Fri and Sat nights.
There seems to be occasional clean up/touch-up work being done, but functionally, it seems to be done. The oddest thing to me about the project is the NUMBER of benches out there, they really could have saved a little money and put in fewer benches.
I look forward to the end of this year when Stoneridge gets completed and one more P-town route to Livermore opens, we'll see how well that route works.
Stoneridge Drive extension to El Charro & Jack London was is due to be completed this fall. I don't know if it's stayed on schedule and I don't think there is a target opening date. However, that mega Isabella Hwy 84 widening project that started a couple of years ago: 1st half, from 580 to Concannon, due to be completed sometime in 2014, 2nd half Concannon to Ruby Hill due to be completed sometime in 2016.
I road the Stanley Blvd route Sunday am, two across. Fast, but watch the lane interrupt divots they've created in the asphalt to mark the bike lane on the outside, seriously jarring to hit those at speed.
Stoneridge Drive extension to El Charro & Jack London was is due to be completed this fall. I don't know if it's stayed on schedule and I don't think there is a target opening date.
Things seem to remain on schedule for a fall 2013 opening of the Stoneridge Drive extension to El Charro and Jack London. It all hinges on completion of a bridge over Arroyo Mocho. Back in January/February, the talk was of a "September timeframe," which is only fall if it is late September, but by March, reference was being made to an October opening. I haven't heard any updates since then, but the project certainly shouldn't have been delayed further by a rainy spring!
I'm not going to hold my breath for October, but I'm counting on Thanksgiving. I like a good ride Thanksgiving morning so I can feel better about stuffing myself at dinner. Last Thanksgiving, I went up and down the south side of Morgan Territory (getting to see some wild turkeys at the top of Morgan Territory before going home to eat some turkey), then down Collier Canyon. When I hit Jack London and Isabel, I was worn out enough that I really wished I could turn right, pass by the outlet mall in one of those brief moments when it is closed and traffic on Jack London by the mall would be light, and get a shorter route back home than taking Stanley. But I knew I had to wait until fall 2013. I'm already planning to do that ride again this Thanksgiving, but I want my shortcut.
I used to commute along that route, but stopped last month. They said it was finished, but the next day they did more construction.
It doesn't have lights everywhere and I hate staring into headlights. Drivers throw their crap onto the segregated bike path (typically bags of McDonalds for whatever reason but glass bottles sometimes too). The gardening constantly leaves bushes or downed trees in the path. I do a lot of cycling and never have the same problems that I did along that route.
How is the terrain there? Doing the sprint tri there at the end of the month, the loop is east on Stanley, south on Isabel and west on Vineyard. The profile looks mostly flat, so wondering if I could do the ride on a single speed, or is there enough of a bump somewhere that I'll need gears?