San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, Reach 3, Open

San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail at the Caltrain underpass

San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail at the Caltrain underpass

For the first time, I rode Reach 3 today heading south from Agnew Road to Monroe Street, where the path ends (1.8 miles). There’s a stop sign at Monroe Street. The street light at this intersection is not yet activated.

The other unfinished items I noted a few weeks ago are done – signage and pole barriers to keep out unauthorized vehicles.

I suspect the trail is open for good and not just for maintenance.

How much time does it save me? I have a mile more of non-stop riding. I no longer have to stop for the light on Kifer and San Tomas Expressway. Nor do I have to climb the train overpass on San Tomas, but that’s no big deal. That’s it. So I’m not going to save much time.  I may save a minute on average, but it’s a lot more fun riding here than on San Tomas Expwy, so I will use it all the time now.

I’ll also be much more likely to wait for the light at Monroe Street and then pick up Los Padres Boulevard going south rather than riding San Tomas. Taking Los Padres is a bit slower, perhaps, but less stressful. Way to go Santa Clara!

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5 Responses to “San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, Reach 3, Open”

  1. Ray Hosler Says:

    Trail is open. I rode it this morning, Friday. Reach 4, which goes to Cabrillo Ave. along San Tomas Expwy is being built now. It will appeal to casual cyclists and school children.

  2. wirehead Says:

    Took a ride on it myself today. It’s not going to help my commute much, but it’s going to help the alternate long version of my commute when I want to bike 9.8 miles instead of 5.8.

    Was already discovered by the jogging and biking community.

  3. Ray Hosler Says:

    I’ve been timing my rides home. I save about 3 minutes. I can get home sooner this way even though it’s 1.3 miles farther than the shorter route. On the whole, I eliminated 2 stop lights.

  4. Ray Hosler Says:

    The Monroe traffic light at the staging area is operational as of Thursday, June 25.

  5. Commuting in the Silicon Valley Triangle « Silicon Valley Cyclist Says:

    [...] San Tomas Aquino path is paved north of Monroe Street in Santa Clara, going under all major streets and highways. Just beyond 237 it links up with the Sunnyvale Baylands 237 frontage road and the paved trail to Alviso. [...]

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