The city of San Clemente, California in Orange County considers several bicycle facility projects. Among this is a proposal to paint the outside lanes of El Camino Real green to emphasize their use as shared space for cars and bicycles.
Portland, Oregon pioneered colored bikeways in the United States about 10 years ago, following the example of some norther European cities. Research suggests drivers are more aware of cyclists in the bike lane when its painted a contrasting color. Three years ago, the city of Long Beach, CA expanded on this concept by painting a half mile segment of a regular traffic lane of 2nd Street green.
The city of San Clemente is now considering a similar treatment for the nearly entire three mile length of El Camino Real through central San Clemente between Avenida Pico and Calle del Comercio. El Camino Real is packed with automotive tourist and beach traffic during the summer.
Green lanes are proposed also for Camino de Estrella where an interchange with I-5 increases the hazard for cyclists crossing over the Interstate highway.
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You can view a draft of the complete proposal here [PDF]. More discussion and background in The Orange County Register: San Clemente panel is open to broad menu of bicycle projects. Also follow PEDAL on Facebook: “Bicycle, pedestrian, SRTS, & Complete Streets advocacy based in San Clemente, Calif., USA.”