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Better Bikeways

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

Protected Bike LanesBy 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 StreetsThese 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.

Next Steps

Better Bikeways are being planned now, and construction will start this year! See the map below for project locations and our timeline. We need your local expertise to make these projects the best they can be. If you have questions or would like to help with the final designs for the network, attend one of the meetings listed below.

  • Meetings will focus on one corridor each, but attendees will be able to learn more about the whole network.
  • Click on the corridor name for meeting details.
  • If you cannot attend, or would like to be added to a mailing list for updates on this project, email bike.ped@sanjoseca.gov.
  • Take the survey. Your input lets us know what aspects of this project are important to you.
Corridor Meeting Date Meeting Location
San Fernando and St. John Streets February 27, 6:30 pm MLK Jr. Library, Room 255
Taylor/Mabury Road March 5, 6:30 pm Joyce Ellington Branch Library
Third and Fourth Streets and San Salvador Street March 8, 6:30 pm MLK Jr. Library, Room 255
Santa Clara St./101 and San Antonio Street March 13, 6:30 pm Cristo Rey High School, Taube Center for the Humanities

Better Bikeways

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