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Oak Grove bike lane

From: domainremoved <Sue>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:47:35 -0700

The Oak Grove bike lane is a good idea on paper, but needs some minor
tweaking in the vicinity of El Camino to work well.

 

1) The throughput of Oak Grove westbound at El Camino has gone way
down, causing backups on Oak Grove during peak periods, and often during
non-peak periods. Why? When westbound cars wait to turn left behind the
mattress store or into the parking plaza, you used to be able to zip around
them on the right. No longer. This is easy to solve - put up "no left
turn" signs at both locations. People can go down to the fire
station/Gray's Paints and enter the parking plaza from that direction.
There is a precedent - on westbound Valparaiso just west of El Camino, there
is a "no left turn" sign into the first driveway which is Coldwell Banker.

2) I've almost been hit by large trucks who are unable to maintain lane
when traveling westbound at the chicane where the lane takes a sudden
S-turn. This turn is too tight for a large truck to make without crossing
over into oncoming traffic. Also easy to solve - remove the tree that was
the reason for this tight chicane. With the tree gone, the transition can
be more gradual and trucks will be able to stay in their lanes. Making the
transition more gradual will also allow cars to travel at a normal speed,
reducing the backup which happens as cars slow waaaay down when they hit
this curve.

 

Sue Kayton

1854 Doris Drive

Menlo Park

kayton_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Thu Sep 21 2017 - 17:56:36 PDT

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