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Better Bikeways for Central San José

The City of San José is redesigning several streets to make it safer, more convenient, and more comfortable to bike.  With simple design changes like protected bike lanes on wide streets, protected intersections at busy crossings, and traffic diverters on small streets, we are focusing on providing calm, comfortable, and connected bicycling routes.


It’s not just about bikes, though—the same improvements that make it safer to bike also make it easier to walk.  Protected bike lanes provide more space between sidewalks and moving traffic. Narrower lanes discourage drivers from speeding.  Protected intersections make crosswalks shorter and place pedestrians so they are more visible to drivers.  And better places to bike on the street helps get people on bikes and scooters off the sidewalk and onto the bike lane, freeing up space for walking and reducing crashes and close calls.

Protected Bike Lanes

Bike rider in protected bike lane
By using inexpensive, traffic-tested materials, we plan to switch the position of parking lanes and bike lanes when streets are already being paved, letting parked cars do the work of protecting the bikeway. These projects will enhance safety on streets that already have bike lanes.



Calm Streets

Calm street

These streets, which already have light traffic and slow speeds, will be updated at intersections to give priority to people biking and walking. This helps make streets more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities without adding dedicated bike lanes.



UPDATE 7/26: A community meeting was held at Northside Community Center on 7/11/18. Notes from that meeting can be found below, as well as the presentation slides and a working map of parking impacts.

A final community outreach event will be held at City Hall on August 15, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Click here for event details.

 Meeting notes  Presentation slides  Parking map
 Meeting notes  Presentation cover slide  Parking map


Better BikewaySJ Designs Incorporate Your Feedback

Better BikewaySJ will be installed on many of the street segments that will be repaved in Summer 2018. These paving projects are an opportunity to change design of the street between the curbs. The design process began with a network vision, and used a Complete Streets approach to enhance bikeways, add pedestrian crosswalks, adjust bus stop locations, and add traffic calming as part of bike boulevards.

In spring and summer 2018, City staff held five community meetings, presented to 13 neighborhood groups and 11 additional community meetings and gatherings, consulted with downtown stakeholders, met one-one-one with residents and business owners, and updated the design plans to incorporate feedback. The table below summarizes major changes compared to today. These changes will be shared through mailings and in-person outreach.

Next Steps

Better Bikeways construction will start in late August, in tandem with our paving program. See below for a map with project locations and a table describing the design and any major changes street-by-street. 

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Better BikewaySJ map updated 7-13-18

Table of Design Elements and Major Changes

In addition to the changes summarized below, in many locations the street will function different from today:

  • Right turning motor vehicle traffic will turn from the rightmost through lane (instead of from the bike lane).
  • Parking spaces, loading zones, and bus stops are shifted along the curb (major changes will be notified).
  • Existing lanes are shifted right or left on the roadway from where they are today.

These features occur throughout the network, and are not called out in the table.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

Cahill Street

Santa Clara to San Fernando

Protected Bike Lane and Bike Boulevard

None.

San Fernando Street

Cahill to 10th

Protected Bike Lane

• Install new bus boarding islands and ramps for bikeway crossings.

• Swap on-street parking and bike lane.

• Relocate some freight loading zones.

• Relocate some parking spaces.

• Remove some parking spaces to add visibility at driveways.

• Remove left turn pockets at San Pedro St, Almaden Ave, 5th St, and 7th St.

10th to 17th

Bike Boulevard

Create bike bypass of existing traffic diverter at 13th.

17th Street

San Fernando to San Antonio

Bike Boulevard

None.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

Almaden Ave

Viola to Balbach

Bike Boulevard

None.

Viola Street

Market to Almaden Ave

Protected and Buffered Bike Lane

• Convert street to one way.

• Drop bike lane protection for freight loading zones and bus loading zones.

San Salvador Street

Market to 1st

Basic Bike Lane

• Remove parking on the south side.

• New angled parking planned for 1st Street (William to San Salvador).

1st to 4th

Basic Bike Lane

• Remove parking on the north side.

• New angled parking planned for 1st Street (William to San Salvador).

• Relocate Ford GoBike station to 1st Street.

4th to 10th

Protected Bike Lane (westbound), Bike Boulevard (eastbound)

• Remove parking on the north side, and between 7th and 8th on the south side.

• Convert pedestrian scramble at 7th to four crosswalks.

• Install new bus boarding island and ramps for bikeway crossing.

San Salvador Street

10th to 16th

Bike Boulevard

None.

16th Street

San Salvador to William

Bike Boulevard

None.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

4th Street

Hedding to Taylor

Buffered Bike Lane

Reduce travel lanes from 4 to 2.

Taylor to Julian

Buffered Bike Lane

None.

Julian to San Fernando

Protected Bike Lane

Swap on-street parking and bike lane.

San Fernando to San Salvador

Protected Bike Lane

• Add northbound bike lane along SJSU.

• Remove parking garage entrance turn lane.

San Salvador to Reed

Buffered Bike Lane

None.

3rd Street

St. James to Reed

Protected Bike Lane

• Swap on-street parking and bike lane.

• Remove some parking spaces to add visibility at driveways.

• Add new parking between Santa Clara and St. John.

• Remove right turn pocket at Santa Clara, add passenger loading zone.

St. James Street

3rd to 4th

Bike Boulevard

None.

San Carlos Street

2nd to 4th

Protected Bike Lane and Basic Bike Lane

• Remove painted median buffer from 4th to 3rd.

• Westbound direction widens to 2 travel lanes closer to 2nd Street.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

St. John Street

Montgomery to Almaden Blvd

Bike Boulevard

None.

Market to 1st

Bike Boulevard

None.

1st to 3rd

Protected Bike Lane

• Convert angled parking to parallel parking.

• Shift on-street parking and bike lane.

3rd to 5th

Basic Bike Lane

Remove parking on south side.

5th to 13th 

Bike Boulevard

• Install traffic circle at 5th.

• Install traffic diverter at 10th that only allows motor vehicles to make a right turn from St. John to 10th.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

22nd Street

Empire to Jackson

Bike Boulevard

None.

Monferino Street

Jackson to Taylor

Bike Boulevard

None.

Taylor Street

21st to Mabury

Protected Bike Lane

Install 2-way bike lane on the south side of the bridge over US 101.

Mabury Rd

Taylor to King

Protected Bike Lane

• Install 2-way bike lane on the south side to DOT way, and on the north side from DOT way to Berryessa BART.

• Remove parking on south side from Lenfest to King.



Street

Location

Bikeway Design

Major Changes From Existing Conditions

Santa Clara Street

30th to 31st

Protected Bike Lane

• Delayed to 2019 due to Caltrans Right of Way.


San Antonio Street

17th to King

Bike Boulevard

• This segment is planned for 2019 pavement maintenance.

• Outreach and design was started in 2018.

• DOT is considering locations for traffic calming and diversion.

• Bike lanes from 28th to 33rd will be enhanced (over 101).