Q: An elderly bicyclist was killed recently when he was hit on Blossom Hill Road in San Jose by a driver who had moved into the bike lane while preparing to turn right. This is a scary move and can have deadly consequences. I know the city is planning on more bike lanes, but will they offer better protection for those on two wheels? … On many bike lanes, all that is between me and SUVs going 40 mph are some painted stripes.
Franklin Stubbs, and others
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A: This situation should improve. The city has plans later this year to make changes on several streets to add bike protection devices and then next year to add more bike lanes. For example, they will begin work next year on major changes on 10th and 11th streets, adding to the more than 320 miles of on-street bikeways that have been installed in the city since the 1970s.
The city will replace the current buffered bike lane with a separate frontage lane and protected intersections where they’ll install concrete islands near corners to slow turning vehicles and create safer crossings. At bus stops, the concrete islands will also serve as a place where bus patrons can wait for and then board buses.
In the first phase of improvements, bike lanes will be installed or improved with paint and plastic posts. Next year, the concrete islands will go in. Here is the list of planned improvements:
On Naglee Avenue from The Alameda to Bascom Avenue, a road diet will reduce the number of through lanes, slowing traffic and giving bicyclists more room.
On Fruitdale Avenue from Southwest Expressway to Bascom there will be another road diet, as well as additional bike lanes, sidewalk ramps and crosswalks.
On San Antonio Street from 17th Street to Jackson Avenue, more traffic calming features and bikeway enhancements.
Lean Avenue from Blossom Hill Road to Chynoweth, adding parking, protected bike lanes.
10th and 11th streets will have a major makeover to make the connection near Interstate 280 easier. One lane will be converted into a center turn-only lane like on Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen.
Q: There are many green lanes for bicyclists. Does the bicyclist have the right of way when in this green lane?
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment