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San Antonio bike lanes

Original post made by bicyclist, The Greenhouse, on Oct 15, 2012

Now that San Antonio Rd between Charleston and Middlefield Rd Southbound is paved and traffic lanes marked, it is a bit of wonderment to the rhyme or reason for the number two lane be used by both cars/trucks and bicycles. There is a parking lane next to the curb but no clear bike lane except in the second lane of traffic.
Is this a way of traffic calming in Palo Alto and are there plans to do the same on Embarcadero Rd both directions, Middlefield Rd East of Oregon expressway both directions, and Alma between San Antonio and El Camino in both directions? Should we also think of El Camino Real marking the third lane for bicycles and cars, trucks and busses.


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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

As a cyclist myself, I always worry about the safety of the cyclists on a busy stretch like that. Until the traffic calms down and slows down, I pray that no bicyclists make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

If I recall it was anticipated that bicyclists would use East Charleston and that since San Antonio would be a direct route onto H.101 it would probably not be safe to encourage bicycles to use San Antonio Road. Retailers still wanted on street parking for their businesses.

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Posted by resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Bicycling in the southern part of Palo Alto really sucks. The city brags about how bicycle friendly it is, but all those safe bicycling facilities are in the northern part of the city. South of midtown, that all disappears and you are on your own mixing it up with the SUVs.

For no good reason, there are few safe bike routes connecting Mountain View and Palo Alto. The Middlefield Road bike lanes disappear in south Palo Alto. The Bryant Bicycle Boulevard also disappears as you approach Mountain View.

With the bike path under Hwy 101 near San Antonio Road closed all year because of highway construction, bicyclists are forced to use San Antonio Road instead, which is not something you want to bring your kids on.

Los Altos is also very hard to reach from southern Palo Alto. San Antonio Road has nice bike lanes on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real, but are bicyclists supposed to do when they cross El Camino into Palo Alto? The only choices are to continue on San Antonio or turn on to El Camino, neither of which is family-friendly.

Come on Palo Alto, please make the souther part of town bicycle-friendly, too. All those new housing complexes you are letting developers build have limited car parking. Residents would love to use their bicycles to get around town, but there are few safe bicycle routes in south of midtown.

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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I often feel , and it often looks like, the southern part of PA is neglected. Is this because they pay less property tax? Safety should not be for sale.

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Posted by Whose streets are worse
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Jan, You've got to be kidding. The roads are paved much more recently in south palo alto. Like Middlefied, like Ross, like Louis.
Streets in the north part of town are broken, bumpy, unsafe. Drive on Lytton, drive on Waverley. These are major streets, just examples

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Posted by Jan H
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

That part about the asphalt quality is true, but South PA, south of Midtown, has fewer bike lanes, more traffic, more untrimmed trees near power lines, more clogged storm drains, more flooding in rainy weather, etc.