November 13, 2012: PR Web: San Jose, CA
San José’s Parking-protected Bike Lane uses Traffic Logix Cyclelane Curbing
The City of San José installs Traffic Logix Cyclelane curbing on its Fourth Street parking-protected bike lane. Traffic Logix Cyclelane curbing provides an attractive, functional barrier separating bicycle traffic from parked cars and motorized traffic.
San José city council adopted an aggressive goal to complete a 500 mile bikeway network and increase bicycling five-fold – both by the year 2020. To provide a bicycling environment that is safe and convenient, the 500 mile bikeway network includes enhanced bikeways with features such as buffers, separation and protection from motorized traffic.
San José recently installed Traffic Logix Cyclelane curbing on its Fourth Street parking protected bike lane to test the curbing as a possible solution for other protected bike lanes in San José. Fourth Street previously had three lanes of one-way traffic with on-street parallel parking on both sides of the street and no bike lanes. San José removed one travel lane and added buffered bike lanes on one side of the street along a one mile corridor.
A 1,500 foot section on the opposite side of the street borders a large university and sees significant bike traffic. To accommodate bicyclists there without having to cross the street to the buffered bike lanes, on-street parking was pushed away from the curb and a one way parking-protected bike lane was installed where the parking previously existed. To provide separation between the bike lane and the parking, approximately 250 Cyclelane units were installed in a two-foot painted buffer zone. The painted buffer also allows motorists to enter and exit parked cars.
This 1,500 foot corridor was identified as an ideal location for a parking-protected bike lane because it had very few driveways and no cross-streets, thus reducing turning conflicts.
The unique Cyclelane rubber delineators provide a visual and physical separation between bike and parked cars. Each of the Cyclelane units has a sloped side profile on the bicycle lane side to help protect and redirect cyclists in case of inadvertent contact. The opposite side facing parking and other traffic has a vertical side profile to prevent entry into the bike lane.
The low profile of Cyclelane’s attractive rubber curbing provides a functional aesthetically pleasing solution without being visually intrusive. While a formal follow-up study has not yet been conducted, San José is happy with the curbing so far and has received positive feedback from bicyclists, residents and motorists.
“We like how easy the Cyclelane units are to install,” said Jesse T. Quirion, MPA, an Associate Transportation Specialist for the San José Department of Transportation. “We like the flexibility that they offer, allowing us to use them to create a design that works for us.”
City Councilmember Sam Liccardo attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bike lane and joined bike enthusiasts for an inaugural ride. He praised the new bike lanes as working toward making streets feel welcome not just for cars, but also for people.
San José is considering installing Cyclelane curbing in two additional areas to create protected bike lanes.
The Cyclelane curbing helps San Jose achieve goals in its Bicycle Plan 2020, which aims to make bicycling an integral part of daily life by creating programs and initiatives to make bicycling safe and convenient. Other current initiatives include green bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, multi-use trails, bike corrals, special event valet bike parking, a public Bikeshare system, safe routes to school programs, and protected bike lanes using traffic delineators. San José has completed 269 miles of its planned 500 mile bikeway network. The League of American Bicyclists has designated San José a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Cyclelane curbing can be used to design bicycle lanes that are responsive to the needs of any bicycle community and roadway. The units can be positioned to allow for entry or exit as often or seldom as desired, can be installed along with safe-hit posts for improved driver visibility and to alert drivers and bicyclists to the beginning or end of a curb line, a mid-block crosswalk, or turn lanes on approaches to an intersection.
For more information about Cyclelane rubber delineators, visit www.trafficlogix.com.