|Assigned to:||Unassigned |
|Created:||kamelBike at September 1, 2010 - 1:14pm |
|Status:|| (Class III (no special facility) / Priority major) |
|Case ID:||: -7682 |
overgrowth interfering with line of sight
traffic signal not triggered by bicycle
Brookside Dr. & Sycamore Valley Rd.
Bicycles are unable to trigger the traffic signal to provide a green signal to either cross or turn left onto Sycamore Valley Rd. without the presence of a motor vehicle. Brookside Dr. is a Class III (signed) bicycle route.
Bicyclists have two options: 1) wait for a motor vehicle intending to cross Sycamore Valley or 2) dismount, walk onto the sidewalk, and press the pedestrian crossing button. Depending on the time of day, cyclists may face a long wait if relying on a motor vehicle to trigger a green signal. If dismounting, cyclists must either cross Sycamore Valley as a pedestrian or scramble back to the street and remount. (It takes approximitately five seconds to clear the intersection on a bicycle versus the twenty or so as a pedestrian. The faster the cyclist clears the intersection, the less delay there is to traffic on Sycamore Valley Rd.)
Notably, the lanes on this side of the intersection lack visible detector loop sawcuts in the pavement. Even if the traffic signal did detect bicycles, there are no visual cues to cyclists as to where they should position themselves. Contrast this with the south side (Brookside Dr. northbound) of the intersection, where the the straight/right-turn lane has two visible detector loop sawcuts. Bicycles are detected here and receive the green signal without the presence of motor vehicles.
Please request that the Town investigate the following:
- Adjust the sensitivity of the inductive loop sensors to detect bicycles crossing or turning left onto Sycamore Valley Rd. from Brookside Dr. southbound,
- Paint a bicycle symbol stencil (identical to those found at the Iron Horse Trail's signalized crossing of San Ramon Valley Blvd. in downtown) over the "sweet spot" to indicate where cyclists should position themselves, and
- Trim the foliage at the northwest corner of the intersection (visible on the right side of the attached photo, "Brookside&SycVly-intersection.JPG") to improve line-of-sight between the sidewalk and Brookside Dr. southbound. This may be the responsibility of the property owner of the house immediately adjacent to the intersection, so please make the request if necessary.
Thank you for your assistance.
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