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Dangerous situation biking to M-A

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:06:08 -0700

From my experience bicycling to M-A three times a week to exercise by
walking around the track at the football field, it’s rare that I traverse
eastbound Ravenswood Avenue approaching Middlefield Road without a driver
cutting in front of me by crossing the green bike-lane safety squares on
the pavement so as to head south on Middlefield.

I don’t recall there being any signs indicating what these squares mean,
but my understanding is that vehicles are supposed to give cyclists the
right of way if a cyclist is inside this zone. If so, it means a pause of a
few seconds at most for the driver, but such patience of the part of the
driver has happened to me exactly once in the many interactions I’ve had

Who is the vulnerable party in this encounter if there’s a collision?

More than once, a driver has come alongside me within the zone, slowed down
then sped up, crossed over the green squares and cut me off.

There are apparently some drivers out there who don’t know what these green
squares mean, others who don’t care, some who don’t think of cyclists as
worthy of respect, and others who think they’re acting safely.

These drivers need reminders. Explanatory signs, for example ... perhaps
signs with flashing lights ... perhaps Botts’ Dots let them know that
they’re crossing a boundary.

This is a school route, correct? Is there a sign indicating this and a 25
mph limit? I don’t recall seeing one.

Thank you.

Dave Boyce
Menlo Park

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