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Extreme hazard to bicyclists due to contruction signs in Bay Road bike lines

From: eric gilbertson <eric_gilbertson_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:26:55 -0800

Dear Mr. Nino,

I would like to bring to your attention the hazardous condition created by the recent placement of road construction signs in the Bay Road bike lanes in the vicinity of Flood Park. These large signs completely block the bike lanes forcing cyclists (including children biking to school) to merge into the traffic lanes in order to avoid them. Such maneuvers are difficult for novice cyclists and they are further complicated in the winter months due to glare (in the morning) and darkness (in the afternoon/evening).

Frankly I am astounded that the city allowed such gratuitous placement of construction related barriers in bike lanes after the fatality and subsequent lawsuit that occurred when a cyclist struck one on Sand Hill road not long ago. As is not uncommon in construction signing, these signs not only present a significant hazard for cyclists but they are also unnecessary (as the construction is actually within Flood Park and not on Bay) and ineffective (because the signs are located too far in advance of the actual work area). Fortunately there is an astoundingly simple remedy to the situation, relocate the signs to right of the pavement, e.g. where all the other signs are located. If this location is sufficient for stop and speed limit signs then it ought to suffice for the construction ahead signs.

When evaluating future construction sign placement I recommend that the city use as its criteria whether the impediments created by the placement would be acceptable if they were similarly located in a motor vehicle lane, e.g. in the middle of Bay in this case. If the answer is no then alternate placement solutions should be sought that will not endanger cyclists or pedestrians.


Eric Gilbertson        Received on Mon Nov 29 2010 - 09:27:15 PST

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