|Assigned to:||Unassigned |
|Created:||Visitor (not verified) at August 30, 2007 - 10:15am |
|Status:||New (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority major) |
|Case ID:||: -859 |
pothole or pavement cracks
insufficient shoulder width
overgrowth interfering with line of sight
bike ways (paths, lanes, routes) not clearly marked
The Alameda tube is a death trap for cyclists. The bi-directional walkway/bicycle path in the east bound tube is of insufficient width to safely operate one bicycle let alone bicycle traffic running in both directions. The tube curves creating a poor sight line. The fence has numerous vertical tubes which could snag a bicycle handlebar and cause a crash. There is a groove running down the middle of the walkway which could cause a narrow bike tyre to get diverted causing a crash.
At the very least Caltrans should open up the walkway in the westbound tube to cyclists so cyclists going westbound can use the westbound tube and only cyclists going eastbound use the eastbound tube to reduce the very serious hazard of head on collisions between bicycles. The fence should be replaced with a continuous type that doesn't present vertical tubes which could snag handlebars. The surface of the path should be paved smooth. Adequate signage is needed dircting cyclists to the appropriate paths.
Alternatively bicycles could be allowed to use the roadway.