UCSC Bike Path Will Close for Construction

July 06, 2020

The UCSC Great Meadow Bike Path will be CLOSED this summer for construction and safety improvements from July 13 through September 18, 2020. The entire bike path will be closed in both directions from the intersection of Ranch View Road and ending at the top of the path near the Music Center (see map below). 

This area will be closed to bicyclists, pedestrians, and personal vehicles.  Please be aware and use the alternate routes of Heller or Hagar Drive.  Travel across the bike path from Village Road will remain open, but please proceed with caution as heavy equipment and trucks will be operating in the area.

This is the final phase of safety improvements on the main bike path and will upgrade the path to meet current Caltrans standards within the path’s current alignment. These improvements are necessary to preserve the critical Class I bike path serving the entire community, to reconstruct failing pavement, and widen the path to allow for safer bike travel and fewer conflicts with oncoming bikes, pedestrians, and wild animals. Improvements and widening to the uphill portion will allow the path to be reopened as a multi-use trail to accommodate both pedestrian (two-way) and bike traffic (uphill only). Performing these improvements to the bike path is a campus priority to reduce the number of bicycle-related accidents and injuries and improve the path’s functionality. 

The UCSC campus has been awarded $1,134,000 in state grant funds to design and construct these improvements to the bike path, including $700,000 in SCCRTC grant funds and $434,000 in California Transportation Commission Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds.  

Please help spread the word to area cyclists and cycling groups.