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    Anyone Livermore-Pleasanton commuters?

    Greetings. Well, I'm finally getting back onto the bike after several years.
    I'm starting to commute to work 2x/wk (between Livermore and Pleasanton)


    On my first bike commute yesterday, I took Stanley Blvd as my main path.

    Just wondering if anyone else here does this commute and can suggest an alternative to Stanley?
    - My goal is to minimize exhaust fumes, even if it means a longer distance I need to pedal.

    I haven't tried Vineyard yet. Maybe someone can chime in on that path?

    Thanks

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    I was born and grew up in Livermore, and it's where I got serious about cycling, but I haven't lived there in almost 30 years. My Mom's still there, and I live not too far away, so I still have some idea of the terrain.

    Unless there has been some new road-building I don't know about, Stanley and Vineyard are your only two direct options to get between Livermore and P-Town. Stanley looks almost exactly as it did 30 years ago except for the Isabel underpass on the Livermore end and the Bernal intersection on the Pleasanton end. I haven't driven or riden Vineyard since before the Ruby Hills development was built, so I don't know what to tell you. The powers that be may eventually push Las Positas/Jack London Blvds through to meet, or extend Dublin Blvd east to meet up with the stuff across I-580 from the Livermore airport, but I wouldn't hold my breath on either one.

    The only other option is to use either Livermore Ave or Collier Canyon Road to go north up to Highland and then west to Tassajarra. From that intersection, you can go left, which takes you straight to I-580 and Santa Rita Road, or you can turn right, turn left on Crow Canyon Road at the far edge of the Blackhawk shopping area, left again on Daugherty Road, and straight down to I-580 and Hopyard. If you keep straight on Crow Canyon, you will come to I-680 and San Ramon Valley Road - turn left and you come to I-580 and Foothill Road near the Stoneridge Mall.

    These routes are a bunch longer than either Stanley or Vineyard. Unfortunately, Highland has become something of a commute corridor. It is a tremendous road on weekends or mid-day - as you may know - but it is still quite narrow and a bit curvy, and a lot of car traffic would make for hairy riding. Also, Santa Rita and Hopyard are both pretty nerve-racking on two wheels pretty much any time. I haven't been on Daugherty Road recently, but I know it has been built up a lot, and it may be terminally un-fun by now, too.
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    Thanks for the helpful info/history Bikingshearer. Good stuff

    I received my map from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition yesterday (before I saw your reply), and noticed the proposed connector between Jack London in Livermore and Stoneridge (?I forget which street) in Pleasanton. But judging from your seasoned experience, perhaps I should not keep my hopes too high for the short-term.

    Well, at least the new MUP along Isabel is available, and it's sure a great alternative to Murrieta. I discovered it on my route home on Tues. Beautiful views of the valley on that path, and it's isolated from the car lanes completely.

    I'm going to check out Vineyard on my drive today. According to co-workers who live near there, there's no bike lane (sidewalk maybe?) and the road is somewhat heavy with commute traffic too.
    I liked the dedicated protected lane along Stanley, but could do withouth the vehicle exhaust and lack of scenery.


    Stay tuned

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    I lived in Livermore and biked there for about ten years before moving down to FL three years ago. Stanley is really your safest bet for commuting both Vineyard and taking the back roads in the hills are nice on weekends but have heavy traffic at commute times and not much in the way of a shoulder. Collier Canyon or Patterson Pass are great rides on Sunday mornings. Another good ride if you do mtb is to take the mup over by Wente and Arroya Rd will dead end at an entrance that you can trail ride over the hill to the Del Valle resorvoir. I miss a lot of the nice riding in that area, I have flat roads and bike lanes but no scenary down here.
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    Stanley is your best bet during commute hours. Even where the bike lane is not separated, it's wide. Lots of tiny stuff comes off trucks, though, so if I rode it regularly, I'd have Specialized Armadillos on.
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    Thanks for the replies guys

    I see what you mean about Vineyard. I drove it in my car Thursday. It's more beautiful than Stanley, but yup -- no safe bike lane IMO, and still lots of traffic. Guess I will stick with Stanley and just breathe through my nose to minimize pollutant intake.

    Stonecrd - thx for the MUP tip to Del Valle. Will check it out (I definitely MTB)
    Dchiefransom - I didn't know about those tires until you mentioned them. Thanks for the suggestion, I will check them out if I get flats. I've been inflating my MTB tires to 60psi (max) and watching out for glass, screws, etc.

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    Yesterday's paper just had an article on county money being dispersed for road improvements. Apparently, they are upgrading bike lanes along Stanley.
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    Awesome, talk about perfect timing! Thanks for this info.

    I googled and found this article:
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/...e/16836731.htm

    [excerpt pasted below]

    "Alameda County supervisors this week disbursed $31.2 million in state grants for street and road projects in unincorporated areas.
    Disbursements include:
    • Livermore and Pleasanton: $13 million, including curve realignments on Tesla and Patterson Pass roads, Altamont Pass and Vasco Road safety improvements, and Stanley Boulevard bicycle lane improvements."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Researcher
    Livermore and Pleasanton: $13 million, including curve realignments on Tesla and Patterson Pass roads, Altamont Pass and Vasco Road safety improvements, and Stanley Boulevard bicycle lane improvements."
    Ooooo, bad news for cyclists. I'm not sure how they can "realign" Tesla or Patterson Pass without doing one hell of a number on what makes those roads fun to ride on. At least there will always be Mines Road . . . .
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