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Portola Valley may OK bike lane plan

Original post made on Jul 24, 2012

Portola Valley's Town Council may back a plan to create a bike lane on westbound Alpine Road as it passes under Interstate 280, where a cyclist was killed by a truck in 2010.

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Comments (8)

Posted by resident, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

What about bike lanes on Portola Road? I remember we used to have bike lanes on Portola Road, but then they were removed for unknown reasons (maybe in the early 1990s). There are bike lanes on Alpine Road (except near the freeway) and also on Sand Hill Road, so very confusing not to have bike lanes on Portola Road.

Posted by Dave Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

My understanding is that the town, via the Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee, is studying the matter of putting bike lanes on Alpine and Portola roads.

The committee meets at 8:15 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

Posted by Arch Conservative, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Alpine Road, as it passes under Interstate 280, runs North and South.
280 runs East and West.
Look at map, or take a compass with you while traveling the route.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Why have bike lanes? Why waste the money? The majority of the cyclists ride in the road ignoring the law that states single file. And then we have the noon riding group of about 100 of the most arrogant #@ in the world that take up the whole road. BIKE LANES just one more example of wasted money.

Posted by Alex, a resident of another community
on Jul 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm


There is no law requiring bicyclists to ride single file.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm


there is a law requiring slower traffic to move to the right. On a one lane road with multiple bikes that would imply they ride single file to let faster moving traffic to pass.

Posted by Alex, a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Menlo Voter,

Bicyclists can be cited for many things, but failing to ride single file is not one of them.

Per CVC 21202(a), bicyclists must ride as close to the right edge of the roadway as practicable in certain situations. The configuration of the riders does not matter.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm


I realize the configuration does not matter. I never said it did, however, if you have a pack of riders that must pull to the right to allow faster traffic to pass what formation do you think they will take? Most likely single file.

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