Bright green paint and new pavement markings reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists can now be seen on both sides of Middlefield Road near Marsh Road in Atherton. It's part of a test designed to see if the changes will improve safety, according to town officials.
Work on the bike lanes was completed on Aug. 19. David Huynh, associate engineer for the town, said the work was done in response to concerns of commuting cyclists.
Alta Planning + Design, a firm that specializes in designing bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly communities planned the improvements in the intersection.
In addition to the bright green paint, the road now has markings called "sharrows," a combination of an outline of a bicycle and chevron arrows that remind bicycles and motorists they share the lane.
Mr. Huynh said the work at the intersection will be a test of the new paint and markings. "If deemed effective, more of these sharrows and more green paint" will be installed on Atherton roads, he said. Cost of the improvements was just under $12,000.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is expected to return to the City Council in October, City Manager George Rodericks said. Council members are scheduled to pin down priorities under the plan at their study session on Oct. 1.
They are expected to vote on the adoption of the plan at their October or November meeting, depending on when the environmental studies of the plan are completed, he said.