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Each day thousands of Santa Cruz residents bike or walk along either the east or west sides of the five mile stretch along the San Lorenzo River Parkway Trail. The existing Parkway starts at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on Monterey Bay travels through downtown Santa Cruz, under four river bridges and ends at the San Lorenzo River Highway One Bridge to the north.

The proposed 11.5 to 12 foot wide pedestrian/bicycle path will extend the River Parkway under the San Lorenzo River Highway One Bridge and connect the Parkway on the north side of the bridge to the pedestrian/bicycle pathway that connects to State Highway Nine (River Street). The existing bikeway along Highway Nine allows pedestrian and bicyclists to access the City’s Harvey West Regional Park and Henry Cowell State Park further to the north. When this link is completed, it will be possible to bicycle or walk from the redwoods to the Monterey Bay. Currently, pedestrians and bicyclists illegally cross under the Highway 1 Bridge along San Lorenzo River, which is extremely dangerous since there is no sidewalk or bike lane.

If the State Bond Fund Freeze is lifted and the State River Parkways grant for this project released project construction of the project will take place in the Summer of 2009.

Last updated: 8/20/2009 1:27:27 PM