County highway staff's propaganda, physical and legal campaign
to eliminate pedestrian
along most expressway miles (2003-2008):
Events mostly from 2007 and 2008. (See expressway topics page for earlier events.)
Violated Board of Supervisors policies and order for pedestrian paths, and violated laws:
The propaganda war to eliminate pedestrians:
The physical war to eliminate pedestrians:
The legal war to eliminate pedestrians:
VTA/County Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) items:
- As recently as 2007, County Roads was still opposing pedestrians on most expressway miles, including, San Tomas Expressway
which has existing (unpaved) pedestrian paths much of the way.
[See pedestrian-expressway maps by
clicking this link, scrolling to agenda #9, and clicking the particular expressway.]
- Contrary to claims by County Roads, paths do not need to have concrete or asphalt to meet ADA requirements. Furthermore, the wide shoulder adjacent to the path
-- already required by the Expressway Master Plan's Bicycle Element -- does comply with ADA and is the ADA alternative where a path is narrow.
See the report by MTS with photo examples:
ADA-compliant dirt and gravel paths vs. County Roads' false claim to avoid complying with the BOS' path order
(2 MB pdf file).
[For fine resolution printing, download 22 MB file.]
County Roads' statement to the BOS, that ADA prohibits unpaved paths, is contradicted by FHWA's Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access.
[Source: See the FHWA web page for this document, or just
Chapter 5 from our website, or just the important highlighted
quote on page 83.]
- Previous attack (2007): County Roads' false and misleading statements (underlined in red) in memo to Board of Supervisors is attempt to expand
pedestrian prohibitions and continue violating BOS policies and orders. June 19, 2007. See the rebuttal by MTS.
- Hear County Roads' (Michael Murdter and Dan Collen) false and misleading statements to City Council of Santa Clara:
Quicktime (audio/visual) excerpts, quotes, rebuttals, June 2006.
- Michael Murdter was forced to retract false statements and was ordered to remove pedestrians prohibited signs by the BOS.
- [County Roads' subversion of the Expressway Master Plan (historical, 2003 to early 2006).]
- [County Roads attempts new pedestrian bans in San Jose and other cities. (Sept.-Nov., 2006)]
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