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veneer 09-08-05 05:08 PM

Calling all San Jose Commuter... anyone here commutes this way??
 
ok.. due to rising cost of gas price and living standards.. i'm seeking a different way to cut cost and at the same time get some saddle time.

i live in s. sj, nearby HWY-87 & Capitol Expressway. seeing that on Sept 12, HWY-87 will have a construction for the carpool lane.. that means driving lotsa local, which = more gas wasted; i want to find a route to get to work in n. sj around First Street and Trimble road.

now, i've check the VTA's bike route map; which is so damn small to see, but it seems like there is a bike trail that runs along the side of HWY-87.

so i'm just wondering if anyone of you that lives in my neck of the wood and rides to work.. perhaps you can point me out the directions on how to get there.. safely.. lol ;)

much thanks~

aadhils 09-08-05 05:27 PM

Check google maps...

ahpook 09-08-05 05:43 PM

Hey veneer, as you can see from my nametag I am in your neck of the woods. There's another guy on the boards here who commutes up N First street also.

There is indeed a bike path that parallels 87 , called the Guadalupe River Trail. The VTA map shows it all chopped up as it was a few years ago, but they have been doing some major work on it -- Actually your timing is great, because the city is going to open up another stretch north of Santa Clara St. this weekend.. See today's merc or
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...y/12588891.htm

Here's more info on the trail from SVBC:
http://www.svbcbikes.org/crank/apr-m...iver-trail.php

That'd be a pretty sweet ride if you could do most of the route off the surface roads. But of course don't let the lack of special bike facilities stop you from trying the commute. When I'm not riding the paint on San Tomas I just go up Bascom Ave from Campbell to Santa Clara in the right-hand lane and it's quite safe, and I reckon 1st St from downtown would be similar.

Let us know how it goes...!

veneer 09-08-05 05:49 PM

sweet.. thanks ahpook.. as a matter of fact.. i might do the ride this weekend first so i can see just how long it will take for me to get to work. also.. i gotta find the entrance onto the Guadalupe River Trail first. i see the signs that said bike trail ahead.. but then after that.. i don't see anything. perhaps i'll go search around today after work.

i did find the trail that leads from capitol to santa teresa though.

KristenGilbert 09-08-05 06:53 PM

Bike trails: http://www.baytrail.org/maps/South_Bay.pdf
and http://bicycling.511.org/pdf/southbay.pdf

Does this help?

lilHinault 09-08-05 06:57 PM

www.penbiped.org has some good maps.

super-douper 09-08-05 08:11 PM


Originally Posted by veneer
sweet.. thanks ahpook.. as a matter of fact.. i might do the ride this weekend first so i can see just how long it will take for me to get to work. also.. i gotta find the entrance onto the Guadalupe River Trail first. i see the signs that said bike trail ahead.. but then after that.. i don't see anything. perhaps i'll go search around today after work.

i did find the trail that leads from capitol to santa teresa though.

I ride that trail every day. :) (every day that I ride that is)

you're going north, so head north on navarez (towards where the northbound hwy87 ramp is) and pass the onramp to the freeway. Next light is Hillsdale I believe. Go straight. It's about 1/4 mile past hillsdale on the left. Can't miss it, it's there where the stop sign is.

That section of trail has been littered with glass and all sorts of crap lately. I recommend armadillos :) A few weeks ago a bunch of papers and such appeared scattered across the trail, it looks like it was some business' financial records or something. Pavement is also a little rough in sections and after the first time i rode it I swore to return to my old route, but after the 2nd day I decided that it's not too bad.

The worst part of the trail is where it goes to surface streets near the curtner light rail stop. Turn left (down the small hill), then turn right at the stop sign. Go to the light at curtner and turn right. Pass under the freeway and take the immediate left (again towards the northbound fwy onramp). You'll see the trail pickup on the right hand side of the road at the entrance to the schoolbus parking yard. You'll be on the trail now until willow st. That's where I get off the trail and head west on willow.

That's cool that they're opening another section of the trial this weekend, I'll have to check it out for when I swing downtown to buy sharks tickets without ticketmaster fees!

Maybe I'll see you on the trail! I enter the trail at Santa Teresa and ride it until willow. I'll be the one going the other way, fighting headwinds morning and evening.

veneer 09-09-05 09:36 AM

thanks kristen and super-douper.

man, perhaps i'll see u one of these days super-douper... but first.. gotta go located the entrance. thanks for giving me such detailed directions.. hopefully i won't get lost.. lol

SV Commuter 09-09-05 10:27 AM

Glad you got answers to your question. I haven't commuted that way, but I hope to talk my wife into riding from Willow Glen to Guadalupe River Park Saturday for the grand opening, so I'll be looking for the trail myself.

Re. the VTA_Bike_Map_01Jul02.pdf, just hit <CTRL>= to zoom in as much as you want (<CTRL>- to zoom out). The map is actually very detailed and even has names on sidestreets when you zoom in enough! Hold the left mouse button and drag to move around, its faster than using the scroll bars.

veneer 09-09-05 03:24 PM

SV thanks.. there's a grand opening for the guadalupe river park? i mean theres actually are park around there?

btw,... my wife would go riding with me.. as long as there's no sun. she's doesn't get tanned. lol

SV Commuter 09-09-05 03:55 PM

veneer,

See ahpooks link to the Mercury News website above, or do a search for 'Guadalupe River Park' at www.mercurynews.com. Lots of write-ups in the last couple of days.

veneer 09-09-05 04:16 PM

thanks SV.. gonna try to check it out this weekend. since it'll be gloomy.. perhaps she'll go riding with me.. haha

super-douper 09-09-05 04:25 PM

BTW - the map I found most useful isthis one from svbcbikes.org

also, it's pretty easy to find the trail. I'm assuming you live down in bella villagio, avalon or thereabouts. Just head towards 87 and turn right on navarez, you'll see it.

I go north on that trail in the evenings (in about 45mins today :) ) so I think we'd pass going opposite directions. I'll look for your bike goin downwind in the other direction.

veneer 09-09-05 04:31 PM

hehe.. thanks super.. yeah i live around there.. hell, home depot is in my backyard.. lol.

ahpook 09-09-05 04:41 PM

All this talk has me thinking about going that way to pick up a couple extra miles this afternoon. My route would look like http://tinyurl.com/caqe8

The only thing I'm not sure about is where I can pick up the trail headed south. The only entrance I know about for sure is at Santa Clara st., next to the shark tank.

veneer 09-09-05 05:06 PM

ahpook.. i work just before you hit balloon # 2. the acer building on ur left side if your heading south.

super-douper 09-09-05 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by ahpook
All this talk has me thinking about going that way to pick up a couple extra miles this afternoon. My route would look like http://tinyurl.com/caqe8

The only thing I'm not sure about is where I can pick up the trail headed south. The only entrance I know about for sure is at Santa Clara st., next to the shark tank.

instead of heading down leigh, off of willow, you could get on the los gatos creek trail where willow ends at the school and ride under leigh, then the next street that you come to on the trial is bascom. You'll be about a block from performance.

that's a section of my commute, and when I hit performance, that's what I do. I just ride the sidewalk on the left cause it's a short distance and those streets are more of a hassle to cross and stuff.

alternatively you could go this way it's less miles, but san tomas is pretty good for riding. and fast!

veneer 09-09-05 05:33 PM

how long does it take you guys to commute for about 12 miles?

ahpook 09-09-05 05:40 PM


Originally Posted by super-douper
instead of heading down leigh, off of willow, you could get on the los gatos creek trail where willow ends at the school and ride under leigh, then the next street that you come to on the trial is bascom. You'll be about a block from performance.

I should have been more specific -- I know the LG Creek Trail part pretty well, it's the Guadalupe trail downtown I'm not sure where to pick up.


Originally Posted by super-douper

alternatively you could go this way it's less miles, but san tomas is pretty good for riding. and fast!

Yup San Tomas is my usual route.

ahpook 09-09-05 05:58 PM


Originally Posted by veneer
how long does it take you guys to commute for about 12 miles?

My normal 10 mile ride is between 30 and 40 minutes depending on the wind, traffic, lights, and motivation :)

snoopydoopydoo 09-09-05 10:36 PM

hi everyone, and sorry Veneer for jumping into your thread but since everyone here is local i would just like to ask some questions. I just start bicycling from Capital expressway and 101 to SJSU for the past two weeks. Since i am new to commuting on a bicycle, i try to bike on the sidewalk most of the time but still keep getting close to being hit a couple of times from people who keep barging out from their driveway or the inside street w/o looking. my questions are how do you ride safely on the street and when should you ride on the sidewalk? Also how do i avoid getting flat tires from all the debris on the ground? i had both of my tires punctured on the first day. I never realized how dirty our city is until now. Thank you everyone and sorry for jumping into your thread Veneer. :)

ahpook 09-10-05 01:53 AM

hi snoopy! Make sure to check out the "Advice for new commuters" sticky thread.

IMO two essential sites on how to ride safely in traffic are:

http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm Street Smarts

http://www.bicyclesafe.com/ the "How not to get hit by cars" page

The further away from the gutter you ride, the less debris there is. Additionally, You can get puncture-resistant tires , search this forum for "armadillo" and "marathon" to see people's opinions about two popular kinds.

Welcome to the fun...!

veneer 09-10-05 02:01 AM

snoopy.. u hijacked my thread bish... j/p. it's all good.

don't ride on the sidewalk, it's not legal i think. ride on the street carefully. as for flats.. get specialized armadillos.. they're heavy, but gets the job done. or.. get some specialized trisport tires for $10 each at supergo in mt. view. they're pretty much the same thing with flat proof technology. so where around capitol expressway are you at?

btw.. sjsu class of 1999 here..

snoopydoopydoo 09-10-05 04:42 PM

i am near capitol and 101. It's about 6 to 7 miles from sjsu. I just transfered there from De Anza so biking is finally possible. Btw, what was your major Veneer? Mine is business.

snoopydoopydoo 09-10-05 04:43 PM

Btw, thanks for your help Ahpook. :)


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