New bike lane configuration on Page Mill Road gets a thumbs up

After a bicycle fatality at Page Mill Road and Interstate 280 some years ago, the governmental agencies responsible for this location, in Santa Clara County, have finally reconfigured the bike lanes and made other improvements.

I rode the new bike lanes on Sunday for the first time. It must have been finished in the past month or so.

While this intersection can be difficult to negotiate on bike, the new bike lane alignment has a lot going for it. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best that can be done given the circumstances.

I’m not a fan of riding to the far left, but in this situation it’s the safest location for a bike, and going eastbound on Page Mill Road it’s the route I’ve been taking for years to reach Old Page Mill Road.

The green striping helps, as well as an overhead bicycle sign, lit at night for visibility.

But what if you’re not going to Old Page Mill Road, but riding up Page Mill Road to Deer Creek Road where you’ll turn right to reach your office? Tesla HQ for example.

Jobst Brandt, who was not one to complain about his ride, took exception with the risky maneuver of crossing two lanes of traffic exiting Interstate 280 onto Page Mill Road. He mostly complained about the driving skills of motorists.

Jobst made that hazardous maneuver for many years before retiring from HP Labs, located on Deer Creek Road.

The other point of conflict for riders is when turning right from Old Page Mill Road and trying to access the bike lane on the far left. It may not be an issue when traffic is bumper to bumper during rush hour.

However, when traffic is moving at 55 mph, use caution when merging.

Those issues aside, I give the new bike lane alignment a big thumbs up.

My video below (sped up) gives some perspective. Note the riders merging left on Page Mill Road.

2 Responses to “New bike lane configuration on Page Mill Road gets a thumbs up”

  1. jim sullivan Says:

    Better than before,hell yes.
    My main and usual gripe is that when Stanford shut down access to bicycle riders up to and around the dish acreage from Stanford Ave, they eliminated our ability to bypass the Page Mill-280 death wish-sprint for your life corridor.
    I’m talking about the existing cattle-horse-hiker and bicyclist ca 280 underpass that pops one out by Felt Lake, directly through Arastradero Preserve and onto Arastradero rd.
    We utilized the underpass on our road bikes for decades,allowing us safe passage under 280,never having to risk 280-Page death dance.
    I hold little hope of ever seeing this sensible alternative reopened,but folks here should know that it’s there.
    Thanks Ray,

  2. Raymond Hosler Says:

    The options are many, but Stanford doesn’t seem to give a fig about cyclists. They banned bikes around the dish in the late 1980s. After that they opened the roads for hikers only and now their numbers prohibit safe riding. The powers that be would have to build a new path.

    There’s always Arastradero Road. Jobst could have gone that way, but during commute hours the narrow road is not so inviting. There is the recreation path next to it, which is OK.

    Looking at Google Maps, there are many options for bike routes under 280. There could be a continuation off Old Page Mill Road over to Felt Lake. Cattle still graze there, but cyclists mix with cattle in many locations, so it’s not a show stopper.

    Once we have autonomous cars, most of the hazards of mixing with cars will go away.

    Waymo is 95 percent there, but the last 5 percent is going to take another decade.

    Too late for us, but something future generations will appreciate.

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