Late in 2009, the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) closed a gate connecting Pico Boulevard with the San Francisco Bay Trail. SamTrans staff cited safety concerns because Pico Boulevard provides access to the SamTrans bus yard in San Carlos.
This gate closed off a very popular cycling route and an important connector for cyclists traveling from the Shoreway Road bike route into Redwood Shores. Riders must now detour along a very busy six lane parkway with multiple turns and conflict points. Local cyclists are holding a petition drive Tuesday morning at Pico Boulevard to ask SanTrans to reopen Pico Boulevard to bicycle traffic.
The below maps shows the situation. The light blue line is the preferred route, and deadends at the gate (where the pushpin symbol is). With the gate closed, cyclists must detour using the route highlighted in pink. SamTrans safety “improvement” results in multiple conflict points with high speed traffic. In October 2009, a cyclist was run over and killed by a gravel truck at one of these intersections.
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Tuesday morning, John Murphy will be on hand at Redwood Shores handing out goodies to encourage cyclists to sign the petition.
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