San Jose Road Diet called good move for ridiculous road

Q: Street diets like the one planned on Hillsdale Avenue in San Jose are cancer on the streets we taxpayers have funded for our cars.

Tom Walker

A: But today, critics like Tom are taking a back seat to many who support plans to reduce Hillsdale one lane at a time and add bike lanes. Work will begin later this year on the Road Diet, which aims to slow down speeding, reduce collisions and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Q: Hillsdale is a ridiculous street, a street shaped like a freeway. It is impossible for a pedestrian to cross seven lanes unless you are a fast runner. This is an obvious project.

Kirk A.

A: And …

Q: Hillsdale is a crazy street – extremely wide (really too wide) and runs through residential areas. Getting some control over it is a good thing. … I’m glad that street redesign is making San Jose a safer place, considering how many accidents happen each year. … Cycle lanes on roads over 40 miles per hour don’t have many drivers because fast traffic separated by inches of paint feels unsafe.

Sergey Bialko and many others

A: And …

Q: After working in the Hillsdale area for many years, I can tell you that the vast majority of vehicle collisions were caused by a party making an unsafe left turn across traffic in front of an oncoming vehicle.


A: So they reduce left turns.

Q: Because of the high speeds, I generally prefer to ride my bike on narrow and bumpy Foxworthy Avenue than risk being scratched off by a distracted driver’s bumper in Hillsdale. I’ve seen motorcycle cops enforce the speed limit, but it never seemed to slow things down. I will definitely use Hillsdale if there are bike paths. I just wish they could extend the bike lanes to Curtner just before Highway 17.

Craig Foster, San Jose

A: The bike lanes stop on Ross Avenue. The extension from Camden Avenue to the San Tomas Expressway is being considered later.

Q: At 40 mph it will take 4½ minutes provided you go through every set of lights on Hillsdale from the Almaden Expressway to Leigh Avenue. At 30 miles an hour, six minutes. Only 90 seconds are not a victim.

Francis Fiesler

A: You are so right.

Q: As a person who lives in an area where the road diet has reduced lanes and added bike lanes, most of the effects are entirely positive. And there is no question that this slows down the speed.

Dan Mitchell

A: That is the goal.

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