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Bikeway launched to connect Peninsula cities

Original post made on Sep 12, 2018

September 8 marked the opening of the Peninsula Bikeway, a bike route on surface streets that connects Redwood City and Mountain View by way of Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:49 PM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm

The countless twist and turns through car traffic in this "interim bikeway" shows how difficult and dangerous bicycling is in San Mateo County. The Santa Clara County parts of the route look much safer. Hopefully the participating cities actually see how bad these conditions are and make an effort to create a safer, more direct and efficient route in the near future.

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Posted by Hopeful Cyclist
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 13, 2018 at 12:47 am

"Blue triangular Peninsula Bikeway signs sit atop street signs to show the way if you know to look for them."

Love the irony.
Very quaint signage (or rather little tiny plaques).
Hard to see from across an intersection or against blue sky.
Having good and well visible signage helps both cyclists and makes drivers aware of their presence.
Moneys better spent than for some special "Events".

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Posted by YES!
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 13, 2018 at 6:29 am

I've always enjoyed the bike blvd from PA to MV. Sounds similar, with similar but with better signage(good idea to not the plain white color).
Good stuff!

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Posted by jimmae
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Sep 13, 2018 at 8:15 am

Connecting Peninsula cities, well how about a parallel trail along the Caltrain line?
There now exists an example of a functioning parallel path along the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto, this path connects Churchill ave and PA Med Center-Homer+ University ave.
A multi use parallel path that runs the entire length of the Caltrain tracks.(yes,lets think-spend big,all the way from to Gilroy-SF)
Now that Caltrain has installed BIG fencing along the entire length of tracks,to engineer-install a paved -striped path and another BIG fence to still keep walkers-pedalers from getting near the train tracks when using this path would be super.
I believe many people could-would utilize this protected path to go short-long distances that now are safety prohibitive due to our busy streets.

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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

A link to the Redwood City portion of the Bikeway map that allows zooming in ...

Web Link

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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Sep 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

It's important to note that officials describe the bike route as "interim."

One group leader told me that the route designated through Redwood City is not the route that experienced bike commuters would take.

The reason: traffic challenges that experienced cyclists encounter and deal with may not be appropriate for people new to intercity riding.

The absence in RWC of markings on the pavements -- sharrows, for example -- seemed to be another indicator of the tentative nature of that route.

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Posted by Sarah Staley Shenk
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Sep 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

I'm encouraged to see that there is a movement to make our streets safer for all. We are incredibly fortunate to live here and , while there are certainly challenges and details that can be noted and improved, I'm grateful for all who continue to look and volunteer for ways to make all of our communities better. Thank you!

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Posted by Lynne
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

The City of Santa Clara is looking to implement a protected bike lane on El Camino Real. Can't we all just stop whining and do that.

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Posted by commutercyclist
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

The City of Santa Clara is looking into "protected" bike lanes on ECL?

And what kind of protection do they think of: Paint?

The track record of this City regarding cycling is one of the worst on the Peninsula (dare I say deterrence?)

Bike Lanes on major arteries (unless grade separated) are equally as idiotic as High Speed Rail down the Peninsula on existing tracks.

I hope the coalition listens to the experienced bicyclists who commute through these areas. They are more than happy to share their knowledge and experience.

These are the experts, and not some car driving "urban planners" or weekend bike jockeys.

The route is certainly not ideal, and could use tweaking, but it is going in the right direction.

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