From Betsy Magas regarding Pruneridge Avenue between Pomeroy Avenue and Tantau (i.e. the Apple Spaceship campus) in the city of Santa Clara, California:
The city of Santa Clara is having another neighborhood meeting Monday night about traffic on Pruneridge.
Pruneridge already sports a road diet in Santa Clara, from Pomeroy to the Cupertino city limit — exactly the stretch described in this notice. The neighbors there are furious about it, because it “causes” traffic. Few of them ride a bicycle, of course. It does make for a messy merge where the vehicle lanes are reduced, and apparently a lot of people drive and park in the bike lane, which neighbors feel is dangerous.
The Pruneridge-Hedding-Berryessa corridor is in VTA’s bike plan as a cross-county bicycle corridor, a fact which likely escapes both the unhappy neighbors and most of the city council and planning commissioners. Personally, I’d like to see the Hedding buffered lane extend to the San Jose border at Winchester (which I believe is planned if not yet in progress) and the Pruneridge lane extend east to meet it. If nothing else, it would eliminate the merge, because there would never be the extra lane.
The green lanes which represent the on-street extension of the San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail also end up at Pomeroy and Pruneridge.
Santa Clara could soon be a dangerous and unpleasant missing link in what has the potential to become a very good bicycle corridor.
Please attend if you live or commute near there, to help balance the conversation so city reps and neighbors hear bikes’ side.
01/30/2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, California 95051
See also Gary Richards discussion of extending a Pruneridge road diet to Hedding Street in his “Mr Roadshow” column in the Merc News: Will pedestrian’s death put Pruneridge Avenue on a road diet? Richards notes: “A traffic study in 2013 on Pruneridge found that the road diet had cut collisions in half, more than tripled weekday bicycle traffic, and cut weekday car traffic by 5 percent.”
I can totally see why the people who live on Pruneridge hate having less cut-through traffic and fewer traffic collisions on their street. (That was sarcasm)