Community Notebook: Meeting to focus on bike safety on Page Mill and Interstate 280


A community meeting will be held in Los Altos Hills on Wednesday, April 20, to discuss proposed interim bicycle improvements for Page Mill Road and Interstate 280 interchange.

The event is being co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and staff from partner agencies including the Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Department, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto and Caltrans.

The effort to improve safety along Page Mill was "accelerated" with the death of Jeffrey Donnelly, a Palo Alto resident, in November 2015, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's Outreach Manager Carlos Velazquez said.

Donnelly was riding his bicycle west on Page Mill near the intersection of Christopher Lane when he was fatally struck by a car that was also traveling west.

The meeting will take place inside the council chambers of the Los Altos Hills Town Hall, located at 26379 Fremont Road. An open house will start at 6 p.m. and a formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by parent
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

A safer interchange design was proposed by Caltrans years ago. I'm glad we are finally doing something about it. Very sad that someone had to die before these agencies decided to finally take action.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I agree, there has been a lot of talk about this over the years but as yet very little action. This work should be done as an urgent priority.

21 people like this
Posted by Nanny State
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Bikes should be banned from Page Mill Rd. + 280 all the way Skyline It's just too dangerous.

18 people like this
Posted by Ditto
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm

I agree-- The lower part of Page Mill has heavy traffic all day long. At 280, the traffic comes off the freeway going 70mph+!

The upper portion of Page Mill was a one-lane logging road-- in most sections toward Skyline it is too narrow for more than one car. One bicyclist riding in the middle of the road, especially near turns, is just a fatality waiting to happen, esp on weekends. There is no room for a bike lane-- therefore no room for a bike ( which is why they ride in the middle of the road).

Cyclists not having a death wish should find another, wider mountain road!

12 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

While I understand the need for athletes to exercise, many of these cyclists come across as entitled or better than motorists no matter their size and mass difference. Wider streets and roads are the perfect place for these cyclists, but the narrow and twisty 2-lane roads are a disaster waiting to happen. [Portion removed.]

2 people like this
Posted by How many, what percentage, any names?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

The poster above is projecting. Just sayin'

37 people like this
Posted by Pragmatic Solution
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Once you take the speeding cars and motorcycles off PM road, it becomes infinitely safer.

If someone is shooting a gun in the air, you don't tell people to stay out of the park, you take care of the guy with the weapon who is breaking the law.
Simple solution for safest roads.

13 people like this
Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm

This meeting is about Page Mill and I-280, not upper Page Mill Road. I have driven Page Mill Road to Skyline many times in the last few months, and I don't see a problem. I drive as if there is a bicyclist around every turn, so when I encounter one I am ready. That is what the law and common sense require.

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Posted by Hutch 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Apr 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

So there you go.... Just get the cops to write tickets to all the law breaking bicyclists....problem solved

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