The second of two San Jose future bikeways meetings takes place tonight, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This meeting at the Gardner Community Center at 520 West Virginia Street will cover proposed bikeways in Willow Glen and streets west of downtown, including the important Park Avenue east-west connector between San Jose and the city of Santa Clara.
I laid out the bikeway tentative details in this post, but to sum up, the city DOT proposes bike lanes on Park Avenue from downtown all the way to Newhall Street, the entire length of Stockton Street from the Alameda (under the Caltrain tracks) to Bellarmine, Julian Street from The Alameda to the Guadalupe River, and Lincoln Avenue from San Carlos Street to
Virginia Avenue Willow Street.
Street parking will be removed from one side of both Park and Lincoln to make space for the bike lanes. Unsurprisingly, some business owners lament the loss of street parking, believing that increasing the flow of people through their neighborhoods will somehow result in a loss of business and income for them.
The meeting begins at 6 PM. Bring a lock for your bike. Consider ways to effectively communicate the benefits of these bike facilities to business owners who fear that change will always result in negative consequences.
Also: SJDOT to present St John Street Improvement Project August 21, 2014 — The City of San José Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed street improvements along the St. John Street corridor in downtown San Jose. According to SJDOT, the St. John Street Improvement Project includes a variety of pedestrian and bicycle improvements as well as enhancements to intersections to improve vehicle circulation and enhance safety for all modes of transportation. This meeting takes place Thursday, August 21, 2014 beginning at 6 PM, San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St., Wing Room 120, where presenters will discuss proposed improvements for St John Street between the SAP Center and 1st Street. San Jose Bike Train rides the portion of St John between the Shark Tank loading dock to the Guadalupe River Trail.
The meeting notice highlights parking validation for the City Hall garage, but makes no mention of the Bay Area Bike Share kiosk located at City Hall, or that VTA buses 22, 522, 23, 55, 63, 64, ,65, 72, 73, 81 and the DASH shuttle all stop within a block of City Hall.
In other news, SJDOT deputy Paul Smith will visit Copenhagen. Smith was hired away from the city of Portland, OR last year.