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on Mar 9, 2018
ROSS ROAD CHANGES UPDATE ... Opponents to the Ross Road bicycle boulevard redesign might notice some changes made by Palo Alto's transportation division. The minor adjustments involve the location of curb extensions and new drainage structures to avoid underground utilities, city spokeswoman Claudia Keith said. The changes were all done before, and not as result of, a petition signed by more than 175 residents against the reconfiguration, she added. One perspective floating around town is that the transportation division is violating the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design guidelines, particularly, the definitions of bulbouts. One resident sent an email to the Weekly stating that the structures on Ross are actually "pinch points," which NACTO explicitly states should only be used where traffic speeds are already low and cut-through passageways should be provided outside of the pinch point to accommodate bicyclists. "No such cut-through passageways have been provided to the outside on Ross Road. To the contrary, the cut-through passageways have been placed in the middle of the traffic lanes, which is exactly opposite to what NACTO advocates," the resident noted. But Keith refuted those claims in an earlier email in late February. "(Palo Alto Chief Transportation Official) Josh Mello actually helped write the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The engineers from Alta Planning + Design who designed the Ross Road bike boulevard also were on the project team for the NACTO guide. The curb extensions on Ross Road only extend into the parking lane and are not considered 'pinch points' due to their 20-foot-(travel way) width, so the pinch point guidance regarding bike bypasses isn't applicable."
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