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    Possible Ban to Sidewalk Bicycling in down town San Jose

    Interesting article (and it covers all sides fairly well) on a proposed ban on sidewalk cycling in the core downtown area of San Jose.



    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-...wn-contentious

    I was bit surprised to learn from the article that there was a recent bike hitting pedestrian death. I did not see any coverage of this in the local media..

    also as a note, downtown san jose has had significant bike lanes added in this area in the last couple of years. Some of are of the bright green type and in some cases there has been some road dieting involved.

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...E.k_RXxQIhJPDA
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    I'm not a big fan of sidewalk cycling, but I hate it on crowded sidewalks. My kids and I were walking in Georgetown on a Sunday morning where it's hard to walk because it's so crowded. There were people riding on the sidewalks that could barely stay upright. I understood that the roads were daunting there with all the traffic, but I'm sure there are other places to ride.

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    I ride my cruiser on the sidewalks but pull over for pedestrians.

    Last week I was on my road bike on a club ride. We climbed a hill inside a park then had to go on a wide sidewalk for 100' to return to the main road. A group of pedestrians was approaching so I pulled off onto some hardpacked dirt. It wasn't hardpack, it was mulch and I went down like a big sack of ****. We regroup at the end of the sidewalk. Everybody was looking at me so I turned around and went home in shame.

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    I don't enjoy riding on the sidewalk, but sometimes its the best option, and unlike some I don't have any problems doing it safely, its just a matter of adapting to the environment.
    That said, riding sidewalks in a downtown areas with door front access is an entirety different matter, and I can appreciate why city planners would consider it unacceptable.

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    I'm not much of a sidewalk rider except in areas like the local college campus where they've closed and removed so many streets that some buildings would require you to either walk the bike a couple hundred yards or ride half a mile around the campus on fairly busy, narrow streets to get to the parking lot and rack.

    OTOH, I've also seen it taken to extremes in places with sidewalk riding bans, like riders being cited for not dismounting before taking to the sidewalk in their final block, coasting 50 feet to the rack located on the sidewalk at their destination.

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    I generally dont ride on sidewalks, but depending on the conditions I would like the option.

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    The result was a split decision.

    Sidewalk biking is banned if there is a bike lane on the street

    all a little bit moot as the probability of enforcement is low

    San Jose enacts partial ban on sidewalk bicycle riding downtown - San Jose Mercury News
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    I wouldn't want to ride on a downtown sidewalk here. Too many obstructions and pedestrians. Do agree that the ban itself isn't going to get enforced much unless somebody is pissed off at a cyclist. Cupertino has banned sidewalk cycling for a while and that doesn't really stop people.
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    Locally (Chicago suburbs), riding (and skateboarding and rollerblading) is banned on the downtown sidewalks. I can see why - the sidewalks are fairly narrow, businesses all open to them, they can be crowded on weekends, it's really not safe to ride down them a lot of the time. And, frankly, there's no real reason to, because the towns are all platted on a grid, so it's a fairly simple matter to go one block back where there's less traffic and it's safer. About the only time you'd need to get back onto the main street is to cross the river, and quite honestly it's a whole block you'd have to either brave traffic or walk on the sidewalk. (I'm very much so against riding on the sidewalk on bridges over the river. The sidewalks are even narrower and there are two options if you need to avoid someone - crash into the railing and risking falling into traffic, or crashing into the other railing and risking going into the river. I've been faced with that choice enough times while walking that the next person who rides at me is getting their bike tossed in the drink). All that said, I don't think the local police ever bother to give out tickets for it. I got one once, in 1986, when I was twelve.

    Out in the residential neighborhoods, I'll take to the sidewalk if I need to, but it's rare that I think the traffic's so busy that I need to (riding up the half block to my driveway excepted).

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    I can't stand sidewalk cyclist..I only give young kids a pass and they must be going with traffic.. bikes really don't belong on them.

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    They should be asking why this is a problem, why are all of these people choosing to ride on the sidewalk instead of in the street with cars or in a bike lane that is in the door zone of cars and without protection from motor traffic going 35-45mph.
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