San Jose City Council approves plan to remove nearly five miles of vehicle lanes and add eight miles of bike lanes in 2012 and 2013. Look for enhanced green bikeways for San Fernando Street across downtown San Jose; project completion by this Summer 2012.
To support the San Jose Bike Share that should open on July 1, 2012, the San Jose city council voted unanimously for a number of bike facility improvements for the downtown area in their regular session on Tuesday afternoon.
Among the actions approved by Council:
- Remove vehicle travel lanes on sections of Almaden Boulevard, Third Street, Fourth Street, Tenth Street and Eleventh Street and installation of bicycle lanes.
- Add eight miles of bike lanes through downtown on
- Almaden Boulevard between Grant Street and Santa Clara Street;
- Notre Dame Street between Santa Clara Street and St. John Street;
- Third Street between Julian Street and Reed Street;
- Fourth Street between Julian Street and Reed Street;
- Tenth Street between Hedding Street and Keyes Street; and
- Eleventh Street between Hedding Street and Keyes Street.
- Today’s approvals are in addition to the previously authorized “Green Enhanced Bike Lanes” on San Fernando Street between Diridon Station and San Jose State University.
San Fernando Green Bikeways
Among the most visually dramatic changes expected this year will be green bikeways and bike boxes on San Fernando Street. Here’s a photo of a sharrow on San Fernando Street that I shot over three years ago.
Just last week I biked over this spot and noticed the sharrow is nearly gone. I wondered when or if the city planned to repaint the sharrows anytime soon. Because this is on the green bikeway alignment, it appears they plan instead to make it look like something like this.
I have several photos of cyclists on San Fernando Street. Once I got started painting the green lanes on them I couldn’t stop. Click through for large if you’d like
Wasn’t that fun?
Vehicle Lane Removeal
The below map shows the bike projects approved for downtown. 3rd and 4th (shown in red along with Almaden Blvd), and 10th & 11th are one way streets. One 3rd & 4th Streets, cyclists share the road with 3 to 4 lanes of one way traffic, along with parallel parking on both sides of each street. Council approved the removal of a traffic lane on a one mile stretch of each of 3rd and 4th Streets between Reed and Julian Streets, and a removal along similar segments of 10th and 11th Streets. The parking will be retained, but a full vehicle lane will be removed to make room for bike lanes on both sides of the one way streets.
View Bike Lane Project Downtown San Jose 2012-2013 in a larger map
The other red marked street, Almaden Boulevard, will also have a lane removed to make space for bike lanes. The city also plans to paint bike lanes (shown in blue in the map) on Notre Dame Avenue, 10th Street, and 11th Street.
Thank you to Carlos Babcock for the heads up about this! He tells me bike boxes are also on the way for downtown San Jose. This vote represents a serious commitment by the city of San Jose to improve the bike friendliness of the downtown core.