San Jose Walk/Bike Trail Moves Forward

The new trail will offer key connections to a new BART station and other local trails.

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September 15, 2023, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Current conditions on a segment of the future Five Wounds Trail in San Jose, California. | RRM Design Group / Five Wounds Trail Feasibility Study

The final piece of a bike and pedestrian trail in San Jose gained a crucial approval from the city council this week, according to an article by Gabriel Greschler in The Mercury News.

“The Five Wounds Trail will give pedestrians and cyclists the ability to travel north to south over a 2.17-mile paved pathway in the city’s Little Portugal neighborhood — with an expected completion date by 2031.” The trail will offer a connection to the future Little Portugal BART station, the Coyote Creek Trail, and the Lower Silver Creek Trail.

Greschler adds, “The council’s vote on Tuesday secured a stretch of railroad tracks owned by the Valley Transportation Authority for no cost — though the city will likely have to pay around $5 million to clean up environmental hazards that have been detected along the path. In addition to access to transportation hubs, the trail also will be near major city landmarks like the Japanese Friendship Garden, San Jose State University’s campus and Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Officials also expect exercise equipment and other amenities to be placed along the way.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 in The Mercury News

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