San Jose Launches Enhanced Bike Lane Effort
Peter Jon Shuler
San Jose is launching a citywide effort to get more bicyclists on city streets. On Thursday, officials marked the completion of more than seven miles of buffered bike lanes downtown. The city converted three-lane streets to two lanes and added striped buffer zones between the bike lane and auto traffic.
“The vision here is that we’re retrofitting a city that has been built for automobiles into a city that’s built for people,” Councilman Sam Liccardo said. “And by eliminating these lanes, we’re not simply opening access for cyclists to feel safer but also for pedestrians.”
San Jose is also experimenting with other approaches. On a few downtown blocks, bike lanes are painted in green to alert drivers, and the buffer zone is separated from traffic by raised rubber strips.