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on Apr 15, 2014
Three locals have died tragically, very recently, doing otherwise healthy outdoor activity. I am so sorry for them and all of their loved ones.
Yes, very sad best to the families
I don't know all the details of this accident, such as what direction the cyclist was traveling. What I do know is that the loop detectors at this intersection do not reliably detect bicycles. It is possible that the cyclist ran the red light because he could not get a green light.
I believe the bicyclist was trying to get to the bike path that goes to Facebook. In that direction, the bike path is along the left side of the highway. The traffic lights are designed for cars trying to get between the Dumbarton Bridge and Hwy 101 and I do not believe they have a separate cycle for bicyclists trying to get to the bike path. Bicyclists have to squeeze in and hope for the best. This is a poor design having the bike path dead end right at the point that high speed traffic is making a sharp turn.
I remember when Facebook moved in, they promised the city millions of dollars for bike path improvements around their campus. Did any of this ever happened? I have not noticed any changes. There are still dangerous intersections to cross when approaching Facebook from all directions.
Or, maybe he just ran the red light because he was in a hurry. Does anyone know? Did the investigation reveal what happened?
If there is a two-way Class I bicycle path next to the expressway, that violates the provisions of the Caltrans Highway Design Manual.
Caltrans are the experts on highway safety in California, and are very safety-oriented. It boggles the mind when those who know less ignore the experts.
This is a dangerous intersection for cyclists trying to get to the bike path and it's used by a lot of Facebook employees commuting to work. Even the ride down Haven to get to this intersection is dangerous and lacking a dedicated bike path. It wouldn't take a huge amount of money to improve it. Too bad they can't extend the bike path on the levy from this intersection to Woodside road.
Very sad, and even more people are about to be put at risk. The intersection is perilous for walking in addition to bicycling. Try it some time, very scary.
A residential development is going in at Haven, which will put hundreds more people near that intersection, which stands between them and the nearest supermarket, ice cream shop and restaurants. I hope the city and Caltrans work on improvements before residents move in.
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