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No bikes wrong way

Original post made by Driver, Palo Verde, on May 3, 2011

Yesterday in Mountain View I noticed at an intersection a sign telling bikes not to go the wrong way. Let's have some in Palo Alto please?

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Posted by No way
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

Forget it, Palo Alto is on bicycle signage overload.


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Posted by Driver
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

There are too many bikes riding the wrong way on the streets. Sometimes it is parents with children. Even on busy roads with bike lanes it is too dangerous to do this.

What happens when one group of wrong way bikes passes a group of bikes going the right way?

Don't these bikes realise how invisible they can be to vehicles exiting from driveways.

It is much too dangerous to ride a bike the wrong way.


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Posted by No way
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Driver says: "There are too many bikes riding the wrong way on the streets"

Driver you're micro-managing. If bike riders are stupid enough to ride down the street or sidewalk the wrong way then they take their chances. Bike riders have to be in charge of their own lives, it's not the City's responsibility. Anyway, what you are describing is against the law and bikers can be ticketed.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Oh Paging... Joe Simitain.

How about prohibiting Bicycles from ridding on Alma Street and Oregon Express way underpass while were at it.


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Posted by signs
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

So how effective are signs

Oh streets with bike lans there are signs that say
"bike lane, bicycles only"

However joggers, roller bladers and cars passing other cars on the right illegally use this lane. On the backside of the sign, it says, "Bicycles prohibited from riding this direction", but that does not stop wrong way bicycles."

On middlefield and Embarcadero the are signs that say "Speed Limit 25 MPH", but most cars are driving 30-35 MPH.

Downtown there are street red that are ignored by pedestrians.

So obviously signs dont help.

More laws maybe
there is a law that says you have to use a hands free cell phone.
there is a law that says you cant honk a car horn except in an emergency.
there is a law that says you cant drive a car or ride a bike through through a stop sign.

Yet I see violations of this sort every day

so maybe not more laws.

Maybe more enforcement.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm

^ With all these traffic laws being broken all the time one has to ask what is our Police Dept. doing all day anyways. I mean "we the people" of Palo Alto pay for them to enforce such laws anyways.


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Posted by WR
a resident of Triple El
on May 5, 2011 at 7:08 am

"Let's have some in Palo Alto please?"

Wull, the crossing guards force kids going to Jordan to ride on the wrong side, so how would a sign help? And what about the crazy parent drivers who tear along California and HONK at kids riding in the street, where they belong, so that they ride on the sidewalks?


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Posted by No way
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

Correction: You may ride on the sidewalk if you are age 6 and under otherwise stick to the bike path on the roadway.


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Posted by signs
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

"Correction: You may ride on the sidewalk if you are age 6 and under otherwise stick to the bike path on the roadway."

actually anyone can ride on the sideway unless local city rules prohibit it. In palo alto the only restrict sidewalk riding in downtown areas


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Barron Park
on May 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

As "resident" pointed out above, the bicycle signs already state on their backsides that it's prohibited from riding in the wrong direction. So much for more signs.

With 470 lane miles of roads in Palo Alto and only 12 to 14 police officers on duty at any one time, it's not possible to watch everyone all the time. People should show they are adults and obey the law and teach their children to do so as well.

Instead too many expect the police to act as baby sitters. When they don't, it's the police who are at fault, not the residents.


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