The city of San Jose installed its first cycle track — a protected, on road lane for the exclusive use of cyclists — along a portion of South 4th Street in downtown.
South 4th along the San Jose State University campus is a one way street. On Monday morning, contractors installed four inch rubber curbs to buffer the bike lane along the left side of the road to create a cycle track.
This photo shows the rubber curbs as they’re getting installed. Those trucks parked against the sidewalk are worker trucks. Before anybody freaks out about the “intersection” shown in this photo, that’s for Paseo de San Antonio, a pedestrian walkway. Nobody’s going to hook a cyclist in a turn at that light.
These curbs help prevent motorists using the street parking from encroaching into the lane.
Although the orange construction bollards are still up, this cycle track is available for cyclists to ride in. The handicap parking space will be moved out into the street.
Top photo from crime fighting superhero Carlos Babcock.