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The Levi’s Stadium bike directions just list out suggested paths and streets to use when accessing the stadium. I personally like pictures, so I’ve created a map of bike paths and street access to the stadium from those paths for your convenience.
In the below scrollable & zoomable map, separated bike paths are shown in solid green, and on-street bike routes from the path to the stadium are a subdued green. The San Tomas Aquino Trail will be closed between Agnew and Tasman during events “to ensure the integrity of the stadium’s security perimeter” – this is shown in red. The official detour is the purple route.
Some of these on-street routes are better than others. Tasman Drive will be closed to motor traffic during events between about Great America Parkway and Centennial Boulevard, but traffic is expected to be very heavy on Tasman outside of this closure zone. Great American Parkway has sufficient bike lanes, but watch for those left crosses and right hooks. Lafayette traffic can be very fast. Finally, I’ve been told that the California Office of Traffic Safety has warned Santa Clara County to expect an increase in DUI crashes and DUI fatalities due to the stadium, so watch for those impaired idiots post-game.
Free bike valet parking will be available in Red Lot 1, which is where the San Tomas Aquino Trail intersects with Tasman Drive.
If you plan to bike to the Earthquakes vs Sounders game on Saturday, I’d love to hear about your experience and any tips and tricks you might learn.
If the embedded map is too small, try clicking here for the full size Levi’s Stadium bike directions map.
Happy Friday and Happy First Day of August. How many days until school year begins?
An early heads up that San Jose Bike Train meets next Wednesday morning, August 8 2014, 8 AM near the sign in the above photo at San Jose Diridon Station. Jennifer has to be at the office for a meeting so we’ll leave at 8 AM on the dot.
I’ve hidden 39 bike brands in this word puzzle. How many can you find?
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The city of San Jose DOT will hold meetings next week and the week following to discuss future bikeways in East San Jose and in the area just west of downtown. You can find an overview and meeting schedule here. Details of the planned bikeways are also now available; you can read them below the map of the west of downtown project proposals.
Downtown and West of Downtown Proposed Bike Projects
The project will include installation of Bike Lanes on Stockton Avenue from Emory Street to The Alameda / Santa Clara Street. This work will include installation of signal detection for bicycles, as well as Bike Lane signage and pavement markings. This project will connect with existing Bike Lanes on Santa Clara Street, and planned Bike Lanes on Julian Street.
Benefits: Improves bicycle access to the Alameda business district, SAP Center, and Downtown San Jose; Improves access to the San Jose Diridon Transit Center; Improves access to Bellarmine High School.
No impacts or changes to motor traffic is anticipated.
The project will include installation of Bike Lanes on Julian Street from The Alameda to Almaden Blvd. Work will include installation of signal detection for bicycles, as well as Bike Lane pavement markings and signage. This project will connect with the existing Guadalupe River Trail as well as planned bikeways on Stockton Avenue and Almaden Blvd.
There’s no word on how the city plans to deal with this fun bit of Julian where it passes underneath the Caltrain tracks between Stockton and Montgomery.
Benefits: Improves bicycle access to Downtown San Jose, the SAP Center, the Alameda business district, and the Guadalupe River Trail.
Impacts / Changes: Removal of eastbound left turn lane at Cinnabar St/Keeble Ave; Removal of center two‐way left turn lane between Cinnabar St/Keeble Ave and Rhodes; Removal of eastbound right turn lane at Stockton Ave.
The project will include Shared Roadway pavement markings (sharrows) and signing between MacArthur Avenue and Los Gatos Creek Trail and adding sidewalk and ADA compliant curb ramps on the south side of Auzerais between Lincoln and Sunol. In a subsequent phase, the City will install a traffic signal on Meridian Avenue at Douglas Street.
This project creates a bikeway alternative to San Carlos Street through the Burbank, Buena Vista, Del Monte, and Midtown neighborhoods and improves bicycle access to the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
The project will include installation of Bike Lanes on Lincoln Avenue from San Carlos Street to Willow Street. This work will include installation of signal detection for bicycles, as well as Bike Lane signage and pavement markings.
Benefits include: Provides major bikeway connection between Willow Glen and Midtown/Downtown; Provides bicycle access to Willow Glen businesses; Connects gap in the Los Gatos Creek Trail; Improves bicycle access to River Glen School.
Impacts to motor traffic include: Loss of about 20 on‐street parking spaces on Lincoln near the Auzerais Street intersection . Parking studies show utilization rates of 35% to 48% in the affected area. Loss of 30 spaces of on‐street parking along west side of Lincoln Avenue between Glen Eyrie and Willow. Parking studies show utilization rates of 61% to 70% in the affected area. Approximately 381 parking spaces are provided off‐street in the area.
Park Avenue is a Primary Bikeway in the City’s Bike Plan 2020 and an important east-west connector. The project will include the installation of buffered and standard Bike Lanes on Park Avenue from Market Street to Newhall Street, the modification of signals at Park‐Sunol and Park‐Meridian, ADA compliant curb ramps at intersections between Sunol and Hedding, street light improvements, and pavement repair. This project will support a follow‐on storm water treatment project consisting of permeable pavers and bio‐retention basins.
This project creates a direct bikeway connection between Santa Clara University, the Rose Garden neighborhood, Shasta‐Hanchett Park, Midtown, and Downtown San Jose; provides bicycle access to the San Jose Diridon Transit Center and the Guadalupe River Trail; improves bicycle access to Trace Elementary School, Hoover Middle School, Lincoln High School, Rose Garden Library and Egyptian Museum.
Impacts to motor traffic include:
- Removal of a free right turn on northbound Sunol Street
- Removal of a right turn pocket on eastbound Park Avenue at Woz Way
- Shortening of the right turn pocket from eastbound Park Avenue onto Almaden Boulevard.
- Loss of on‐street parking on Park Avenue between Market Street and Sunol Street (approx 21 spaces). Parking studies show utilization rates of 68% to 85% in the affected area. Approximately 358 parking spaces are provided off‐street in the area.
- Loss of on‐street parking on Park Avenue between Sunol Street and Race Street (approx 35 spaces). Parking studies show utilization rates of 70% to 76% in the affected area. Approximately 132 parking spaces are provided off‐street in the area.
- Loss of on‐street parking on Park Avenue between Race Street and McDaniel Avenue (approx 100 spaces). Parking studies show utilization rates of 35% to 39% in the affected area. Approximately 435 parking spaces are provided off‐street in the area.
- Loss of on‐street parking on Park Avenue between McDaniel Avenue and Newhall Street (approx 12 spaces). Parking studies show utilization rates of 64% to 76% in the affected area. Approximately 261 parking spaces are provided off‐street in the area.
East Side Projects
The project will include installation of Shared Roadway pavement markings (sharrows) and signing connecting the existing San Antonio Street Bike Lanes with the existing bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Route 280 at Sunset Avenue and continuing south on Hopkins Drive to the existing Bike Lanes on Ocala Avenue. The project will include installation of signal detection for bicycles, pavement markings (sharrows) and signage and an enhanced bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Story Road.
This project Improves access to the existing Bicycle/Pedestrian crossing on Sunset Ave over I‐280; Improves access to several schools, including Arbuckle Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Meyer Elementary, Lee Mathson Middle, Fischer Middle, and Overfelt High; and Creates a parallel bikeway alternative to King Road.
The project extends the existing Jackson Avenue Bike Lanes north from Alum Rock to Madden Avenue providing a continuous bikeway connection to Madden Avenue bikeway (see below). Work will include installation of two new traffic signals with detection for bicycles, Bike Lane pavement markings and signage, and ADA compliant curb ramps.
This provides a bikeway on Jackson Avenue, a high travel‐demand corridor; Improves bicycle access to the existing Bicycle/Pedestrian crossing on Madden Avenue over I‐680; and Increases access to Regional Medical Center and future Bus Rapid Transit.
The project will add Shared Roadway pavement markings (sharrows) and signing the entire length of Madden Avenue. This project will provide a continuous bikeway connection from the San Antonio Primary Bikeway (via Jackson Avenue above) to the Madden Avenue bike and pedestrian bridge over Route 680. Work will include installation of signal detection for bicycles, as well as pavement markings (sharrows) and signage.
The Madden Avenue project improves access to the existing Bicycle/Pedestrian crossing on Madden Avenue over Highway I‐680; and creates a parallel route to Alum Rock and McKee to cross Highway I‐680.
Project improvements include a new sidewalk to close existing gaps on the south side of Ocala Avenue, installing a new traffic signal at Adrian Way, and constructing raised median islands between Daytona and Capitol Expressway.
Ocala Avenue is a Primary Bikeway in the City’s Bike Plan 2020. This project improves access to Meyer Elementary School, Fischer Middle School, Overfelt High School, and Hillview Library; improves access to Lower Silver Creek Trail; and completes gaps in existing sidewalks and bike lanes along Ocala Avenue.
Project overview and meeting details can be found here. Watch for a story tomorrow at Streetsblog SF in which Andrew Boone digs in more detail on the near downtown projects.
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You might recall that the Santa Clara Stadium Authority told the public they planned 422 bike parking spaces outside of Dignity Health Gate (aka Gate C) and another 328 spaces outside of the Intel Gate (aka Gate A).
Ever since the connection between the San Tomas Aquino Trail and the parking lot opened up the other week, I’ve hunted in vain for the promised bike parking. Instead of bike parking, I see dozens of freshly painted car parking spots.
Here’s the view of the parking lot looking towards the Dignity Health Gate (Gate C).
The Levi’s Stadium parking information page tells me to find bike parking in Red Lot 1 (near Gate “A”) and Red Lot 6. I didn’t find anything that looked like bike parking anywhere in Red Lot 1. I can’t access Red Lot 6, which is the fairways at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club.
I’m glad to see the Stadium Authority still plans valet bike parking, but I’m a little bit concerned about the invisible bike parking. What’s the plan, city of Santa Clara?
Women line up to ride in the in ‘La Course by Le Tour de France’ before Stage 21 of the Tour de France on Sunday 27 July, 2014.
Here’s the view from Marianne Voss’s bike as she raced in the Tour de France “La Course” women’s race in Paris yesterday.
Voss went on to win the €22,500 purse yesterday.
The Los Altos (CA) History Museum began exhibiting “Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse” last April. As part of this summer-long bike theme, the museum has two special events over the weekend.
Saturday’s event is an electric bike festival from 10 AM to 1 PM at the museum, where you can see a bamboo electric bike from Calfee Designs, a “classic” styled e-bike from Vintage Electric Bikes in
Los GatosSanta Clara, and several models from Faraday in San Francisco.
On Sunday, July 27, History San Jose will open their “Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880” exhibit from noon to 4:30 PM. I was asked some time ago to provide some photos for this exhibit; let’s see if any of them made it in.
Speaking of history, I’m currently perusing this new book, Googles and Dust, a coffee table book featuring photos of European road cycling from the first four decades of the 20th Century.
The photos are drawn from the private collection of Shelley and Brent Horton and will be available for purchase on http://www.cyclelicio.us/shop/cycling-books/googles-and-dust-cycling-glory-days/?1937715299″>September 1, 2014.
You’ve seen bikes covered with glow-in-the-dark and reflective surfaces. They look cool, but they might not provide the eye-popping visibility that you really expect.
What if there was a captivating coating for your bike that increases your conspicuity while looking sexy? Darkside Scientific has developed an electroluminescent (EL) coating system that can be painted onto your bicycle and accessories.
Darkside Scientific’s Lumilor coating is more than a weak glow-in-the-dark paint. Like other EL technologies, an electric current passing through an EL surface generates light. Familiar devices with EL lighting include green glow night lights, some automotive dashboard lights, and LCD backlights for devices such as wristwatches. More recently, makers have incorporated EL wire into clothing and accessories for wearable displays at night clubs.
Darkside Scientific developed an electroluminescent coating that you can now paint onto many surfaces. Unlike reflective and and phosphorescent materials, Lumilor is active, electric illumination. You can vary the intensity, turn it off and on, and leave it illuminated for as long as you have power.
Lumilor requires training and equipment to apply correctly. Currently, Darkside are working frantically to train and certify paint shops around the nation. When news first broke of their new EL paint, they could accommodate only a handful of the thousands of requests they received for sample work. The bike helmet above is among them. Another was for an engineering project by a group of students at Florida International University for an electroluminescent bicycle.
A dynamo hub provides power to illuminate the frame. You can’t see it in this view, but this team also coated the seat stays with red EL paint that become blinking turn signals.
Lumilor EL paint opens up a universe of possibilities to improve safety for night cycling with an amazing cool factor thrown in as a bonus.
Disclosure: This post was written as part of Progressive’s Apron Project, helping tell the story of people and their initiatives making progress towards a greater good. I have been compensated as a contributor to this project, but the thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.
Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists.
It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself.
Regarding an inquiry about how many cars residents are allowed to park on the street in front of their home in Santa Cruz:
There are no limits to the number of vehicles a person may own [according to city of Santa Cruz parking program manager Marlin Granlund.
In the city of Santa Cruz, only 2% of workers don’t have a car available to them. 24% of employed people have one car available, 41% have two cars available, and a whopping 33% of the working population have a car, according to the US Census American Community Survey five year estimate for 2012. Countywide, we have nearly 170,000 registered vehicles for a working population of 140,000 people.
In the same column, we see this howler from a reader, regarding an incident in which a cyclist apparently damaged her car after rear-ending her, and the cyclist apparently escaped a ticket.
I would assume a car driver would have gotten some kind of citation.
Bwah bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ms. Turner did dig up some interesting factoids about the number of ticketed cyclists in Santa Cruz County.
Meanwhile, the Community Traffic Safety Coalition reports that in 2010, officers countywide wrote 445 of tickets — California Highway Patrol, 85; City of Capitola, 18; City of Santa Cruz, 275; City of Scotts Valley, 1; City of Watsonville, 49; and UC Santa Cruz, 17.
More in the Sentinel: Ramona Turner, Street Smarts: Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says.