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Bike lane under consideration where cyclist died

Original post made on Mar 2, 2011

A bike lane design similar to that at Sand Hill Road and Interstate 280 is under consideration for Alpine Road as it approaches I-280. At that intersection, on Nov. 4, cyclist Lauren Ward died after a collision with a tractor trailer.

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Posted by Ellen
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

I've been bike riding on Alpine road since before 280 was built. This merge was created with the freeway, but there never was a bike lane on the westbound side.
I've always merged the same way, even before the stop signs were added, and I've never really had a problem. I wait until the cars pass to turn right onto the southbound on ramp, and then move left and ride the white line. There is a long distance between the stop signs and the merge, so I usually have plenty of time to pick a good opening. The lane is wide enough that cars usually do not have a problem missing me.
But, I have had lots of problems crossing the northbound off ramp, where cars come off the freeway at 65 mph and don't have to stop to merge onto westbound Alpine. It's much harder to cross here. Hopefully, this fix will also address that problem.

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Posted by Page Mill
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

Caltrans really needs to put a child-safe bike lane at the Page Mill Road & I-280 intersection. This is the primary route that kids take to get to the Arastradero Preserve.

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Posted by cyclist
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

I too have often riden my bike through this intersection. I find west-bound a nightmare, especially on a weekday afternoon when traffic from Alpine onto 280 is heavy enough that Ellen's solution of "wait until there are no cars" is not really an option. I favor option D-2 as it merges in good light.

I find eastbound very scary too, as northbound cars from 280 often swing wide onto eastbound Alpine. An eastbound bike is starting from the stop sign, so is moving quite slowly.....a clear yield or stop sign on the ramp would be very helpful.

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Posted by Impatient for Improvements
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

I'm pretty certain that the County would not have to ask for permission to add painted lanes, since it's already being done elsewhere in the state...and is in fact quite common now in cities throughout the country.

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Posted by janet
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

A good part of the danger to cyclists is that Alpine Road is not suitable for large semis. The only reason they are on Alpine is because Stanford got Santa Clara county (as part of the GUP) to allow trucks on Junipero Serra despite the prohibition of all trucks over 7 tons on Junipero Serra. Stanford has barricaded itself off from trucks and foisted them onto all the nearby communities. Another problem is speeding and a speed limit that is also way too high for a residential neighborhood. If the cyclists got their act together and advocated more for safe bike lanes, everybody would be safer. Residents can't do everything. People living along Alpine road have been trying for the last 20 + years to get the road safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. However, the complaints have mostly fallen on deaf ears.

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Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I would be a lot more excited about this if bike lanes could actually cause drivers to behave better. In this case they will encourage bicyclists to position themselves properly, which is half the story. They won't do anything to the other side of the equation.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

This is ridiculous. There already is a separate, dedicated bicycle path on Alpine Road. If Bicyclists don't want to use it, then the use the motor vehicle roadways at your peril.

If you don't think it's adequate (as many bicyclists have used as an excuse), then upgrade it on your dime.

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Posted by Karellen
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

Bike riders pay taxes too, Outside Observer. And Alpine isn't a "motor vehicle roadway." Its a regular old road.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

> This is ridiculous

Not as ridiculous as the lawsuit or the judgement and award of that lawsuit was, in my opinion, as sad as any loss of life is.

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