San Jose’s Revolutionary Bike and Frontage Lane Plan – Streetsblog San Francisco
A busy, three lane, fast paced, one-way road. Driveway after driveway in a single-family neighborhood. Not sufficient cash to construct a curb-height, raised-and-protected bike lane. And never a state of affairs the place any commonplace bike lane remedy will do, if the aim is to make biking secure and comfy for folks of all ages and skills.
“We needed to discover a completely different method,” defined Ramses Madou with San Jose’s Division of Transportation, of a undertaking for tenth and eleventh Road in San Jose. Madou mentioned he and different officers met with NACTO and planners all through the nation, and got here up with an modern resolution: if it’s politically infeasible to rework the entire road, remodel one lane.
The result’s now the plan for 1.5 miles on every of the 2 streets. Set up will start later this yr or early subsequent.
From a project summary on the design:
Tenth and Eleventh Streets at the moment have two journey lanes, one bike lane, and parking on either side of a one-way road. This undertaking proposes a design that retains the 2 journey lanes and two curbside parking lanes, and makes modifications to the bike lane and intersections. A concrete curb can be added to the skin of the bike lane, together with at driveways. Native visitors accessing the parking and driveways would enter the bike lane at the start of every block, and exit on the finish of the block. This new bike lane is a “frontage lane” for native entry solely.
Madou defined to Streetsblog that the neighbors like the thought, as a result of it means a calmer lane proper in entrance of their homes and so they preserve all their on-street parking. The design will make it unimaginable for by way of visitors to proceed within the frontage lane, so the appropriate lane will turn out to be a miniature “gradual road.” Given there are solely about ten homes per block, meaning it’ll be accessed by a handful of vehicles and supply automobiles all day lengthy, making for a peaceful and pleasant expertise for cyclists.
However what’s actually modern is San Jose is incorporating protected intersections into the design. Additionally from SJDOT:
At intersections, the undertaking will set up concrete islands close to the corners that serve a number of functions. These concrete islands would gradual turning automobiles, creating safer crossings for pedestrians and bicycle customers. They’d additionally assist information automobile entry to the frontage lane and driveways. Lastly, at bus stops, the concrete islands would function a location to attend for and board the bus.
Madou defined that is very completely different than a typical frontage lane, such because the one on Octavia in San Francisco, the place motorists can proceed instantly throughout intersections. As a substitute, will probably be banned with concrete: entrances and exists to the frontage lane “Will solely be 5 or 6 toes huge,” mentioned Madou. So good for bicycle owner, however for motorists “except you’re driving a tiny outdated Honda Civic you’re not going to suit.”
There can be mixing zones, as seen within the lead picture, however there ought to be so few vehicles utilizing the frontage highway that conflicts between motorists and cyclists can be uncommon. There’s additionally no precise journey lane discount, so residence homeowners haven’t any motive to object and the politics ought to be simpler (to date at the least). An area politician instructed Madou that it feels as if “we’re fixing so many issues with this design.”
As with different forward-thinking San Jose bike lane tasks, this installation is piggy backing on scheduled repaving. A paint-and-bollard proof-of-concept will be installed in the next three to six months, that will include temporary dividers.
The undertaking, together with 14 transit boarding islands, will value $1.7 million.
Assuming all goes nicely, a totally built-out and beefed up concrete island or concrete barrier model will go within the following yr. However earlier than that, on Oct. 6 of this yr, the San Jose City Council will take a final vote on the Better Bike Plan 2025, a plan to construct “a community of citywide low-stress bikeways (typically referred to as “all-ages and skills” bikeways). The bikeways community will include about 400 miles of separated bikeways on busier streets and about 100 miles of motorbike boulevards on calmer neighborhood streets.” The tenth and eleventh Streets undertaking is only a small a part of what San Jose hopes to perform, transitioning from a car-based metropolis to 1 the place folks can safely and rapidly get round by transit and bike.