Posted by Joe Hedges, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2011 at 2:33 am
Riding a bicycle on the shoulder of Alpine Road is like a game of roulette, you just never know when a car will land on you.
On the morning of Wednesday Dec 7, 2011, the pole that holds the Bicycle Lane sign on Alpine Rd at Stowe Lane was vertical. Wednesday evening it was horizontal with bits of a vehicle strewn about. Had a bicycle been in the bike lane when this happened, the bicyclist would have been seriously injured or killed. Rob, I ride a bicycle past that pole 6 times a week. In light of this and the bicycle death that occurred on Alpine Road recently, help me to understand how riding on Alpine Road provides a safer alternative to the trail.
I have been riding on the existing trail for 8 months and have not found it to contain the dangers that you suggest in your Guest Opinion. Except for the fact that the trail itself is in horrible condition, I find it to be much less dangerous than the road. Help me to understand how $10M worth of repairs to an existing trail will make it more dangerous.
It is ironic that the vehicle which ventured into the bicycle lane just happened to take out the Bicycle Lane sign. How many more times do events like this have to happen before the dangers specific to riding a bicycle on Alpine Road are addressed? How many more deaths?
San Mateo County is $50,000,000.00 over budget. The money to fix the trail is not even in the budget. The $10,000,000.00 does not come out of your or my taxes, it comes from Stanford. I donít understand why you would support turning away money that provides the potential to make my Alpine Road bicycle commute safer.
I urge you to reconsider your position and support fixing the existing Alpine trail in order to provide an alternative to riding a bicycle on the shoulder of Alpine Road. As a non-serious (silly?)biker, I would appreciate having a choice and, if I ride the trail, serious bikers can play roulette on the road without having to pass slow, non-serious bicyclists like me.