If you ride on Highway 9, you may notice the speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph from 45 mph between the town of Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. Shocking!
I read this in the San Jose Mercury News Mr. Roadshow daily column by Gary Richards. I ride Highway 9 all the time, but can’t remember what the speed limit sign said when I was there a couple weeks ago. I’ll check it out. [Confirmed. Radar Patrolled no less]
Five names are associated with a rant against the speed reduction. They wonder if cyclists were behind the reduction.
Gary contacted Caltrans and they told him an engineering survey resulted in the speed reduction for — you guessed it — the protection of cyclists who frequently use the road. I don’t think any cycling organization requested the change. Cyclists use the road in numbers on the weekend, but not on weekdays.
Gary wants to hear from cyclists and motorists to get their reaction. I responded that I think the speed reduction is too much. I like 40 mph. I can easily reach 40 mph on my bike during the descent.
I don’t mind cars driving by at 45 mph going uphill, but going downhill at 40 mph and seeing a car whip around you doing 65 can be unnerving. Because you need to give yourself room for maneuver, I don’t recommend riding to the far right on a high-speed descent.
The writers noted that the speed limit on Highway 9 to Santa Cruz is 45 mph in most sections. I’m not going to complain too much about 45 because there isn’t so much traffic on that stretch of road.
So what do you think? Take this survey and I’ll send the results to Gary. All three of them.