Safe and Convenient Pedestrian Facilities
Walking is the healthiest and lowest-cost form of transportation and fundamental to the entire circulation network, as even motorized vehicle trips start with a walk or bike trip to a bus, train, or car. Walking should be safe and pleasurable for everyone, on all streets and at all times of day. Special attention should be given to the needs of children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Maintaining and developing enhanced and continuous sidewalks, paths, and intersection crossings reinforces access to commercial districts and transit stations, and establish safe routes to schools. The costs of these investments are minor compared to the ongoing expense of maintaining roadways designed for high-speed vehicle travel, insurance costs, and dedicating space to vehicle storage rather than high-quality public spaces and development projects.
Walking also contributes substantially to creating a healthier and more active community. Convenient active transportation opportunities benefit individuals through the addition of physical activity to their daily routine, improving health and reducing risk of chronic diseases. A community that embraces alternatives to driving is also better connected. This connectivity can foster small business development and social interaction among Burlingame residents. For example, residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Broadway and Burlingame Avenue commercial districts can easily walk to these areas and meet neighbors to socialize. Safe and well-connected pedestrian routes allow the elderly, mobility-challenged individuals, people on limited incomes, and youth to fully participate in their community.
The following goal and policies support safe, convenient, and pleasing walking environments throughout Burlingame.
Ensure Burlingame’s streets are comfortable, safe, and attractive for people of all ages and abilities to walk.
Expand pedestrian access by eliminating gaps in sidewalk and path networks, improving safety, and requiring safe and comfortable pedestrian facilities. Possible enhancements to the pedestrian network include:
- Enhanced pedestrian/bicycle access to the Bayfront
- Near schools, libraries, and City Hall
- Around commuter rail stations
- Pedestrian overcrossing or undercrossing of rail tracks between Trousdale Drive and Broadway
Ensure that schools, commercial districts, employment destinations, parks, civic facilities, and transit stops have safe and convenient pedestrian access, including connections across Highway 101 and trails through parks and regional networks. Explore improving access across Highway 101 exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists.