Paly students riding bikes on wrong side of Churchill
Original post made by Resident on Dec 12, 2012
Crossing at the exit to Paly and then staying in a bike lane that is in the middle of two lanes of traffic seems pretty dangerous, particularly for the large number of bikes that are there after school. There just isn't enough space for the bikes to wait for the light to change, particularly if there is a train coming and the gates come down.
I am not sure of a solution, but something needs to be done to address this
on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm
This has been going on since I graduated back in the late 70s. There is no solution because there is not enough room for the bikes to wait. Drivers on Churchill can see the group of bikes and will be cautious.
The only difference since I graduated is that in the morning, cars driving on Churchill towards El Camino must not cross the tracks and drive straight to El Camino. There is a sign which states cars are supposed to turn left only during the time right before school begins. I suppose this is safer for the students bicycling.
It is wonderful that the majority of students bike to Jordan and Paly. How many other cities have so many students bicycling?
on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm
> The only difference since I graduated is that in the morning, cars driving on Churchill towards El Camino must not cross the tracks and drive straight to El Camino.
This is the most idiotic traffic situation in the city. The first time I ever saw this sign it took me so long to read it and understand what the hell it was trying to say that I just ignored it.
This sign is not a solution, it is not fair to bike riders or drivers and there is no way it is fair or effective to confront drivers with this kind of sign you never see anywhere else - its crazy. I'm just glad I don't drive in that area at that time very much.
Better to put some kind of electronic sign that turns off and on at preset hours that says do not enter or something like that.
The idiot who thought up this solution should be charged with incompetence and stupidity.
on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm
There is a green arrow that comes on in the am commute time now indicating that left is the only way to turn. If you look at the light you will realise that there is no longer a green arrow to turn right or go straight. Unfortunately, a great many cars do not notice the green left arrow or else ignore it.