Many of our readers are probably familiar with our previous posts, which have explored the interaction between the various modes of transportation that share the roads in San Mateo County. Besides automobiles, semi-trucks and motorcycles, San Mateo County residents frequently use bicycles for both transportation and recreational purposes. Sadly, the dynamic between these different vehicles all too often results in car accidents. When the accidents are between a motor vehicle and a cyclist, serious injury for the cyclist is the most common result.
Recently, an article focused on one particular part of San Mateo County that presents a danger to cyclists. The Interstate 280 and Alpine Road interchange is a frequently traveled stretch of road, for both cars and cyclists. The bike lane on this section of road is very narrow, but the site is still used by cyclists who brave the traffic. Unfortunately, this interchange is also the spot where a cyclist was hit and killed in a fatal accident in 2010.
While tragedy has played out at this particular interchange before, this fact seems to propel those who are most concerned to push for a change. Funds have been requested to make changes to the area to improve the safety of cyclists. Most public officials are apparently supporting the measures.
All too often San Mateo County residents have to hear about auto accidents involving injuries and fatalities. The damages, pain and suffering continue for years for those who are actually involved in these car crashes. But, hopefully, if the changes to this section of road are approved and carried out, there will be less of a danger in at least one portion of San Mateo County, both for cyclists and motorists.
Source: Mercury News, "Bike lane improvements proposed for Alpine Road stretch where bicyclist was killed in 2010," Bonnie Eslinger, July 9, 2012