Called the Matadero-Margarita Bicycle Boulevard, the 0.8-mile corridor will extend along Margarita Avenue in the city's Ventura neighborhood and Matadero Avenue in Barron Park.
More than simply demarcating bike lanes, the boulevard would use striping, safety features, signage and "sharrows" — markings that indicate the area of roadway to be shared by bikes and vehicles — every 350 feet or closer. The sharrows would position cyclists in the travel lane and away from pedestrians and the "door zone" of parked cars.
City of Palo Alto staff Tuesday will present the draft concept plan, which includes ideas from 38 residents who attended an initial May 15 gathering. During that meeting, residents asked the city to provide data on car speeds and volume for the corridor and for other streets for comparison. They asked staff to add sidewalks along Matadero and to adjust traffic-signal timing at the intersection of El Camino Real and Margarita/Matadero.
Other concerns included lighting, parked cars and overgrown landscaping.
The draft concept plan currently includes features such as:
* Laguna and Matadero avenues: Adding a crosswalk and bike markings to help pedestrians and cyclists cross the intersection and alert drivers to cyclists' presence.
* Chimalus Drive and Tippawingo Street: Add speed humps to slow traffic.
* Josina Avenue/Matadero Avenue/Tippawingo Street intersection: Add a possible pedestrian bridge; add three new crosswalks; narrow the travel lane to increase safety for pedestrians; add asphalt curbs along the road.
* El Camino Real/Matadero and Margarita avenues intersection: Upgrade and reconfigure crosswalks; add bike-detector stencils to position cyclists to trip the traffic signal sensor; possibly add microwave detectors for bike detection, if approved by Caltrans.
* Margarita Avenue/Orinda Street intersection: Remove stops on Margarita, replace them with a traffic circle to reduce vehicle speed; keep stop signs on Orinda.
* Park Boulevard/Margarita Avenue intersection: Widen bike slots through the traffic island.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Barron Park Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 800 Barron Ave., Palo Alto. It is the second public event since a kickoff in May to solicit public input into the proposed project.