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on Jun 4, 2014
Palo Alto (and other cities around the Bay Area) have already installed miles of green bike lanes on real streets. Why can't Menlo Park just do the same thing? What does Facebook's parking lot test tell us that real world usage doesn't already tell us?
I am looking forward to greater visibility for the bike lanes. Motorists too frequently veer into them, to pass stopped cars or simply because they aren't paying attention.
I am glad the city is making bicycle lanes more visible. Too frequently motorists wander over the solid line, either to pass on the right or simply because they aren't paying attention.
What color is best for bike lanes? Whatever color keeps cars out of them. Plain black asphalt should be good enough if car drivers were competent and attentive, but it apparently isn't. The green seems to get their attention now, but as the novelty wears off it may not be any better than anything else.
Excellent. Having such colored demarcations will significantly increase the safety of bicyclists. Kudos to all those who are making this a reality!
Very glad the city is doing more to make bike lanes more visible. Cars use them for passing on the right, which is both dangerous and illegal.
It may even help cyclists know where on the road they are meant to ride.
There are times where people on bicycles must take the full lane for their safety, and it is legal for them to do so. Just because there is a line on the pavement "for bikes" doesn't automatically mean that's the safest place for them. Bike lanes are often full of parked cars, debris, signs for road work, nails, broken glass and other things that can make a tire go flat, potholes, etc. In many places the bike lane puts people on bikes right in the "door zone" of driver's-side doors opening without looking first. There are a lot of reasons for bikes to be in the center of the lane.
Just take a deep breath and pass when it is safe to do so (and please be sure to give three feet of space for passing.)
I'd like to see that bike lane extended further along Willow across the 101. Biking along the overpass is scary.
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