A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident on June 17, 2013 on eastbound Taylor Street at the SB 87 on ramp. This highlights the need to improve safety for cyclists on the Taylor Street Bridge. Vehicles regularly travel toward Highway 87 at excessive speeds. Cyclists are completely vulnerable and blind to traffic as they work to climb the incline. Adding to the dangerous conditions, the bike lane disappears nearing the on-ramp and cyclists are forced to merge left across freeway bound traffic in order to rejoin the bike lane. In addition, vehicles turning left onto the SB 87 on-ramp very often block eastbound Taylor traffic in the intersection as the line grows at the metering lights.
The intention of this petition is to ask the San Jose City Council and Department of Transportation to work towards creating a safer Taylor Street Bridge for all cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
-We ask for the installation of traffic calming features to slow down all traffic to improve safety and livability.
-We ask for the installation of a protected cycle-track that separates cyclists from motorists.
-We ask for the installation of an LED-highlighted crosswalk at Spring Street to provide better pedestrian access to the the Taylor Street Rock Garden and community sports facilities.