|Assigned to:||Ian McDonald |
|Created:||Visitor (not verified) at December 28, 2013 - 8:19pm |
|Status:|| (Class II (bike lane) / Priority major) |
|Case ID:||: -11242 |
bike ways (paths, lanes, routes) not clearly marked
We thought we were stuck! We followed signs directing us into the Point Molate area, which guided us onto the freeway for a short stretch, heading north towards the toll plaza. We took the last exit, and there signs pointed us onto a nice path going under the freeway, doubling back towards Point Richmond. Only once we got onto the level of the freeway, all the signs shouted: no bikes! Closed! Call for bike shuttle! We called and got voicemail. There was no way out of this spot except that path, but it's only a shoulder and the signs clearly say it is closed (although they do say closed from July to September 2013).
After much effort we were able to get a toll bridge worker to very reluctantly make a call, and a helpful tow truck driver drove over to us. He told us the signs were outdated and that the shoulder is actually open for bikes. But he didn't recommend riding on it. It looks like construction has narrowed the bike lane-slash-shoulder to about four feet wide, maybe five feet at most. Plus it's uphill around a curve against a wall of rock, next to cars driving very fast off the Richmond bridge. I'm not completely sure but it also looks like there used to be rumble dots of some sort, which I think are now gone.
The hazards are:
1. The lane itself! Why has it been narrowed? What happened to the rumble dots, and why isn't there a barrier between the bike lane and cars?
2. The signs! If the route is unsafe, why are there no signs warning bicyclists way back on the other side of the freeway, BEFORE they get on the freeway going north towards the bridge? If it's safe enough to ride on, the three "no bikes" signs need to be removed and the "bikes on shoulder" sign needs to be uncovered.
3. Lack of help. We were basically stuck on a freeway after having followed a marked bicycle route. The toll booth worker was very uninterested in our plight (go back the way you came! he said). The phone number provided on the sign for a bike shuttle ought to be answered by a person, not a machine, so that bicyclists in our situation can get some help.
The phone number on the sign was 925-222-0157.
UPDATE 12-29-13: Clearly presented! Thank you - I sent it to Steven Tam at Richmond, and asked for clarification as to jurisdiction.