This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. San Jose City Council has approved a plan to install 880 kilometers of new bike lanes, boulevards and trails across the city in an effort to encourage more cycling. The San Jose Better Bike Plan 2025 builds on the city’s 2018 Better Bikeways initiative and will add to its current 515-kilometer network of on-street bike lanes.… This story continues at The Next Web
Google has been jumping through the required hoops to bring its ultra-fast Internet service Google Fiber to San Jose, but hasn t yet committed to providing it.However, San Jose officials expect that well before summer s end, the tech giant will announce it s going ahead with gigabit-speed Internet in the city.It remains possible that Google would decide not to provide Fiber service in San Jose, but its work to date on the project suggests it will commit to the service.On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved Google s plan to reduce negative impacts from construction of a fiber-cable network, and council also gave Google the OK on site leases for five more huts to house cable and equipment.One additional important approval will come later this summer, for an agreement that Google will pay the city s projected $7 million in permitting and inspecting costs on the project for the following three years, said city spokesman David Vossbrink.Vossbrink said that well before that agreement goes to the council for approval, Google is likely to announce officially that it will bring Fiber to San Jose.Google appears very eager to move quickly, Vossbrink said.Based on the City approvals they ve already secured, the level of their investment and effort to get the project to this point, and their other actions needed to proceed, we re very optimistic that the Fiber  project is very close to beginning construction.Photo: The Google logo  KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images Tags: city council, construction, Google, google fiber, microtrenching, San Jose, trenching