Viewpoint - December 1, 2010

Letter: Cyclists need designated bike path to be safe

I agree with Don Fabiano (Letters, Nov. 17) that "no amount of striping or addition of bike lanes" will change the danger posed to bicycle riders when riding on the road, especially at the Interstate 280 mergers.

We can be careful, vigilant, safe riders and still be hit by cars or trucks as I was at the Sand Hill Road and I-280 interchange. I have been commuting by bike to Stanford from Woodside, where I live, for over 15 years. Stanford encourages its employees to bike to work with cash incentives, but we do not have safe routes to ride.

Bicyclists have been killed at the Woodside Road and now the Alpine Road intersections of I-280, and I was badly injured on Sand Hill Road.

There must be a safe way to cross for bikes and that can only mean a designated bikeway — a path for bikes alone, at the very least, at one of these three intersections. If we are serious about preventing future deaths and accidents, we must find the money for true safety.

Carole Mawson, Romero Road, Woodside


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