This connecting section of Santa Cruz Ave, between the Alameda “Y” and Avy Ave does not have marked bike lanes nor does it have any on pavement guidance for how cyclists, vehicles, and parked cars are to co-exist on the roadway.
This section of Santa Cruz has numerous residential driveways, many of which are blind driveways that can be difficult to exit onto Santa Cruz. Others require backing into roadway to exit. There appears to be room for a bike lane and, with a bit of minor engineering, there could be both defined bike lanes and defined parking lines established. There is virtually no center lane markings other than the poorly maintained small center bumps.
A critical point is at the “Y” intersection. This location is unacceptably dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians that continue northbound on Santa Cruz. This is partially due to the County implicitly encouraging traffic to make the Santa Cruz turn at 35 mph when it should have an advisory of 25 mph. As a result it is extremely unsafe, the location of many accidents, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage over the years. The safety issues at the “Y” are so severe and so numerous that they are identified in this collection of issues as its own safety issue (Issue #10).
Click on the File link below to see the full Safety Issue and proposed solution options. Have a suggestion or concern, enter a Comment below.