Imagine riding your bike the length of El Camino Real from San Jose to Daly City. A nightmare. I did it, once. Now there’s a plan to “remake” El Camino Real and it may, or may not, be a good deal for cyclists.
In no way will El Camino Real ever be a great bike route, but it could be more tolerable for short distances if some of the makeover plans come to pass. The Grand Boulevard Initiative has published some options. You can voice your opinion today.
A couple of options have promise, but there’s one I would avoid. Bikes are much better off mixing with cars than they are with people. Believe me. I’ve ridden through the Stanford campus at peak hour. Not a pretty picture.
No matter what plan the 19 cities, two counties, the state, and a host of agencies come up with, it’s going to be a compromise. Everyone has a stake. In my mind, eliminating parking on El Camino Real is essential. Let’s give priority to bus, pedestrian, and bike traffic.
I don’t know where the money will come from to spiff up El Camino in this woeful economy, so don’t hold your breath on this one happening any time soon.