Rubberized cycletrack barriers

I’ve been closely following the bike facilities construction that began last weekend through downtown San Jose, California.

Bike  lane construction sign San Jose California

The San Jose Mercury News reports on the plans to “make downtown San Jose the most bike-friendly downtown in the Bay Area.” Besides the general pavement improvements, bike lane striping and (eventually) green lanes on San Fernando Street, the city will install four inch rubberized “barriers” on 4th Street.

We have those barriers on the Beach Street cycleway in Santa Cruz. I think I like them better than the flexible plastic posts or bollards I’ve seen in some places. This video shows what they look like.



5 Comments

  • June 20, 2012 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

    not sure the barrier method is effective in preventing cycling injuries 

  • June 20, 2012 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    those barriers are real cool. they’re not as cool as real barriers which would actually stop drunken and texting drivers, but they’re cool — they look easy to put down, they look like not too many cyclists can complain about them for some specious reason, etc.

    i tried to get the name of the manufacturer in SC but was told they went out of business, so I’m wondering where these new ones will come from.

    maybe i’ll try to email SJ bike person.

    i’d like to see those tracks go down on the entire length of every major road/highway/freeway in/around the Bay Area — starting with El Camino Real.

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  • June 21, 2012 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    This exciting stuff. Any idea when the Santa Cruz lanes were installed?

  • June 21, 2012 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    J, the Beach Street lanes were completed in 2005.

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