Search Results for: Motorcycles in the bicycle lane

California lane-splitting bill update

tl;dr summary: AB 51, a proposed lane-splitting bill, has been significantly watered down to merely authorize CHP to publish guidelines on motorcycle lane-splitting safety. Unlike the original version of AB-51, this should have no effect for California bicyclists.

Bicycles in the 2013 California Driver Handbook

I haven’t looked the California Driver Handbook since 2010. Since then, the DMV has added significant bicycle safety content. As in previous editions, several paragraphs are devoted to cyclist rights. The 2013 edition expands on this section by explaining sharrows and describing situations where cyclists might cycle down the middle of the lane. Perhaps more read more »

California Highway Patrol incident feed for bicycles

I’ve whipped up a script that takes the California Highway Patrol live traffic incident data feed from the 20 CHP dispatch centers around the state and filters for anything mentioning bikes or bicycles. You can see the results here. At the time I’m writing this post, there’s a single incident between Woodland and Davis, CA: read more »

Traffic lights and bicycles: The technical explanation

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed AB 1581 into law, which requires all new traffic actuated signals to detect bicycles and motorcycles after Caltrans adopts uniform standards, specifications and guidelines for these kinds of traffic signals. Traffic engineer Bob Shanteau is an avid cyclist and active cycling advocate. He will present this paper on “Detecting read more »

A Level of Service “improvement” project for Scotts Valley, CA

I live in a small town of 12,000 people in the Santa Cruz Mountains which received funding to rework a major intersection in town. The final design misses several opportunities to improve the intersection for those traveling on foot and on bike.

Riverview San Jose

I’m watching the Riverview / Brandon Park development go up on 1st Street @ River Oaks in San Jose, California. This month’s trail count showed over 1100 people accessing the Guadalupe River Trail at River Oaks over a six hour period, so I’m sure I’m not the only person wondering about this project.