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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

New Bike Lanes/Re-Striping on Industrial Way in Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - December 5 , 2006 - Redwood City will be re-striping a portion of Industrial Way between Whipple Avenue and the San Carlos border to create new bike lanes, three vehicle traffic lanes (one northbound, one southbound, and one center two-way left turn lane), and parallel parking on both sides of the street.

The re-striping work is underway, and is expected to be completed by December 15, depending on the weather.

LATEST UPDATE - 12/14/06: inclement weather has postponed completion of the reconfiguration. Initial layout lines are in place, but the rest of the work will not take place until some consistent dry weather.

Upon completion of the work, the new lane configuration will be in effect, so the driving and bicycling public is cautioned to be aware of changes and exercise additional caution. Separate, painted bike lanes will be created, except for the portion of Industrial from Whipple to B Street. The new configuration can be viewed online.

The reconfiguration of Industrial Way was a proposal developed by City staff in collaboration with the Redwood City Community Working Group for Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues. This group of interested community members was formed earlier this year to review and work on a variety of bicycle and pedestrian related topics, make recommendations, and bring a renewed City focus to these issues. The Working Group met a number of times, and hosted a community information workshop/meeting to discuss their proposal to add bike lanes on Industrial Way. The City Council approved the Working Group’s recommendation for Industrial Way re-configuration at its meeting of October 9, 2006.

The City and the Working Group recommend these common-sense tips for motorists when driving on the re-configured Industrial Way:

  • Be courteous and share the road with bicyclists; bicyclists have the same right to the road as automobiles.
  • Avoid driving in a marked bike lane.
  • Use the center two-way left turn lane for lefts turn only.

For bicyclists:

  • Use caution when in a bike lane, especially around intersections, driveways, and parked cars.
  • Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as drivers to obey traffic laws.
  • Be visible: wear bright clothing, ride away from sight-blocking obstacles, and use lights and reflectors at night.
  • Be predictable: maintain a steady line, so that drivers can anticipate your course and pass safely.
  • Communicate: use hand signals to indicate a turn; make eye contact with motorists.

The Working Group will schedule additional meetings to discuss and develop recommendations on other bicycle and pedestrian issues, for future consideration by the City.

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Contact:
Peter Delgado
Community Development Services
(650) 780-7238

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