Q I saw your column last week about the bike lane on Hedding Street in San Jose. Not received any complaints for weeks, you wrote? Wow. People are just worn out is why. Nothing will get changed, so why complain any more?
A Oh, but today, you and many others are unloading in a debate that was renewed when Alexandra Krider wrote in after being ticketed for driving in the bike lane to make a right turn.
Q Hedding isn't any better. I live off Seventh Street and now drive through side streets since that stupid bike lane was put in. Why? Because it avoids the super long line of traffic at EVERY light and EVERY turn.
For a while I sometimes would turn left from South First onto Hedding and find that I couldn't even get onto Hedding. It was backed up so that I could just squeeze onto Hedding inside the crosswalk and I was the first car to turn left! It's always more backed up than before. Takes two to three lights to cross Seventh sometimes.
The bottom line -- I avoid Hedding any time I can during commute time using cross streets, or use it sparingly if midday.
And the worst part -- there are virtually NO bicycles on Hedding. Sit for a while and take a look. I don't see any more than before, which was none.
Getting no complaints? Hard to believe. Well, I think it's a waste of time and energy. I'll be happy to send a weekly complaint.
A I'll look forward to those weekly messages. Anyone else?
Q Overall it's a nightmare!
A A person of few words.
Q What's the point of complaining when nothing is going to change? Hedding is ruined and it's going to stay that way because Councilman Sam Liccardo wants it that way, and even if they did change it that is more of our money spent on a mistake. ... Is there any chance we can go back to two lanes on Hedding in each direction? ... The Hedding bike lane makes no sense at all. I rarely see bicycles utilizing the bike lane. ... My commute time to work has nearly doubled, and that's ridiculous considering it's less than five miles. Simply put, narrowing Hedding into one lane was a ridiculous and illogical decision.
Daniel Sendejas, Betty Ross, Brian Chan, Trish Fay, Robert Kosovilka and zillions more
A There are no plans to remove this bike lane, but the city will review its impact next year. That's the best I can offer for now.
Q If Alexandra Krider would like to get to work with the assistance of the bike lanes on Hedding, perhaps she should try using a bike.
Q I experienced the new green bike lane on Alpine Road at Interstate 280 and it was awesome! I live close to Foothill Expressway and 280 in the Los Altos/Cupertino area and was wondering if they are thinking about doing the same thing here? Hundreds of cyclists travel this area daily, and with big rigs and people flying up Foothill, it can get really hazardous.
A Caltrans and Santa Clara County officials are discussing a median side green bike lane at 280 and Page Mill Road, but they may also look at Foothill.