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Old 08-06-09, 12:20 PM   #1
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Alpine Rd Near Junipero Serra

If you clicked on this, you probably know where I mean

Anyway as you'll know, this is the least pleasant part of Alpine to negotiate by bike, as the bike lane is narrow and uneven, especially in the section heading towards Junipero Serra just before the light. Theres one short section that is practically unusable thanks to the abysmal surface and layout. Its not too clever in the other direction either... narrow, overhanging trees etc.

I contacted the City of Menlo Park about this issue and received a response, saying that they plan to look into it. Now I'm not expecting miracles, but I'll keep any developments updated here.

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I used to live in Menlo Park and drive this stretch every day on my way to I-280. During commute hours traffic volume is very heavy and people are driving pretty fast. I always felt sorry for the people cycling this stretch of road and I was glad to not have to ride it myself!
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I agree with the section that you are mentioning. I have either biked or driven by there for most my life. That section doesn't even bug me much comparatively to the intersection of Alpine and Junipero Serra. When trying to get onto Junipero from the Sand Hill Side, I always feel in danger because you almost always have to rely on a driver being nice and making room for you to allow you to merge to the left amongst all the high traffic. To fix this would cost Menlo Park a significant amount more than what it would take to cut back trees and repave a bike lane, but probably the best solution is to create an underpass like they have on the other side of the road just for peds and bikers. If you can pass along the email Ed, I will also send them a note on the condition of that intersection area.
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The only good part about this section is that, to me, it always feels weirdly downhill in both directions...
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The only good part about this section is that, to me, it always feels weirdly downhill in both directions...
Odd, but now I think about it..... you are right.

The big multilane intersections are not a lot of fun either, but then it's a busy spot, with Stanford, Palo Alto and Menlo Park traffic all trying to get to or from 280 one way or another... In this regard, I like even less the bike lane layout on Sand Hill, heading west just before the 280 intersection. There, at times you really do need a kindly motorist and a turn of speed to get into the "no-man's-land" bike lane. However, this is not as bad as it's counterpart on Page Mill Rd. Whoever designed that bike lane and road layout must have been on mind altering drugs. Never mind that the speed limit reduces from 50mph to 35, the two lanes of traffic you have to negotiate to get in the far left position already has their "freeway goggles" on.
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Old 08-06-09, 02:32 PM   #6
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To avoid the congestion on lower Alpine Road, I always take Arastradero Road instead (between the Alpine Inn and Page Mill Road).
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To avoid the congestion on lower Alpine Road, I always take Arastradero Road instead (between the Alpine Inn and Page Mill Road).
That is a good route if you are just riding. However, I also commute, and the lower Alpine section provides a good route.
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Bump! Maybe things are about to improve

I had this response from Menlo Park Dept. of Works this morning:

"Thanks for the heads up on the bike path. We will try to clean off the west side next week but it is only a four day work week and we have to close streets and post signs for the block party downtown. But by the end of the following work week we will have it completed. I will be gone next week. Then we will grind the asphalt down on the east side. There are 3 areas needed for asphalt patching. I may sub this out do to heavy traffic and being short handed. I will keep you posted."

Watch this space, & have a good weekend,

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Thanks for the update and working to point out the problem area.
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Well, nothing has happened yet... but I'll update again soon.
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I don't think you'll hear about it for months! I notified the City of San Mateo about a bad stretch of road on the supposedly San Mateo County Bike Route (this was about2~3 years ago), and it took them nearly six months before they repaved that section of the road (they never did contact me back). I only find out about their decision when one morning I found that section of road all dug up... Given how the state has raided the county funds, I suspect that it'll take even longer...or never if they don't have the budget.
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fair point mayukawa... I did get a hint at scheduling from the works employee that replied to my query. This mentioned that they would look at doing some clearing work where the bike lane has become obscured by trees and dirt falling from the earth bank on one side. The paving is likely to take much longer - and I'm quite realistic about the priority this will get.

It's OK though, I'm more used to English town councils... the people here in Calif. are pretty snappy and motivated by comparison!
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Had another (unprompted) email today apologising for the delay, and that they are planning to get around to this job. Hope springs eternal
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Dredge......

Well, some roadwork signs appeared today, and there's been some paving equipment parked nearby for a couple of days. Maybe, just maybe?
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