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Cyclist safety/traffic issue: City should create bike lane on Page Mil between El Camino and Park Blvd

Original post made by Alex, Midtown, on Jul 16, 2017

Page Mill is one of few major east-west roads traveled by cyclists headed east from the Foothill/Junipero Sera area. It is an especially important road because it takes cyclists in the direction of the California Avenue underpass, which is one of few Alma/train crossings. Currently there is a generous bike lane on Page Mill between Foothill and El Camino however there is no bike lane between El Camino and Park (major bike artery, connector to underpass) .

There are usually roughly 5 cars parked along Page Mill between El Camino and Ash leaving insuffient space for safe bike travel alongside the car lane. Traveling to the underpass by way of California Avenue really isn't an ideal alternative because cyclists would need to make a left turn on El Camino and travel down El Camino briefly. Furthermore, bikes traffic on Cal ave adds to the congestion of cars looking for parking and pedestrians crossing the road.

Recently I haven’t seen cars parked on this block, potentially in connection with the new development that has recently started. Since things are in flux right now it seems like the perfect time for the city to address this weak link in the existing bike transportation network (maybe they already have).

Since the situation is caused by so few parked cars, creating a bike lane here wouldn't eliminate a significant number of parking opportunities. Creating a bike lane here would benefit both drivers and cyclist and potentially Cal ave foot traffic that currently encounter cyclists.

Does anyone else worry about traveling on this particular section of road? Is there an obvious safe/convenient route that I'm not thinking of? Does anyone know if the City has already been considered this issue?


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