New bike striping on 2nd Street Bridge

Posted on May 26th, by allancrawford in infrastructure. 10 comments

Have you ridden from PCH into Belmont Shore in the last few days?  If you have…did you notice the new striping on the Davies Bridge (between Marina Drive and Naples)? If you have not ridden it in the last few days…check it out and let us know what you think.

davies bridge 2The City has re-striped the bike lanes on the west bound section of the bridge, adding sharrows , extending the bike lane and putting up new signs.

The reason for the re-striping was to give bicyclists more time to merge into and across the lane that takes cars and bikes off of 2nd street and down onto Appian Way.  And equally let drivers know that bicyclists are merging into the lane and crossing over to the bike lane that continues west bound on 2nd Street.

What is different

  1. At the crest of the bridge sharrows have been added to the outer lane showing both bicyclists and motorists that bikes have the right to use the full lane
  2. Signs have been added indicating that bikes are merging davies bridge 3
  3. The bike lane on the west side of the ramp has been extend

What should you do when crossing the bridge

davies bridge 1In the past many bicyclists waited until that last minute to cross the exit lane and merge into the west bound bike lane.  The result was frequent conflict with cars exiting 2nd Street.  What bicyclists should do is merge into the lane as near the crest of the bridge then move to the left side of the lane where you will merge into the west bound bike lane.

Let us know what you think of the re-striped lanes.

10 responses to “New bike striping on 2nd Street Bridge”

  1. Amy says:

    I thought something looked different this morning. I didn’t even notice the sign, but ad I rode over the bridge, I noticed the sand-blasted pavement and new sharrows. I like it. Mainly because when I do go over the bridge, I take the Appian ramp and turn left at the bottom. So not having to watch out for cars behind me on the ramp is nice. Not that I don’t look out for cars, I meant bein able to use the lane is nice 🙂

  2. Jim Dorsey says:

    Fantastic. This bridge is difficult and scary for cyclists. I’m glad to see progress throughout the city.

  3. G says:

    Awesome. the way it was marked before made it a great choice for cyclists to ride, but this looks good and should clarify things for cyclists and motorists.

  4. Paul Moore says:

    Definitely an improvement. Ultimately, would love to see places like bridges have concrete dividers, at least to the crest of the bridge/hills because some drivers panic a bit when they can’t see over the horizon or are looking at the sights and veer into the bike lanes.

  5. Wayne Holder says:

    Looks great! Now about about some Sharrows/signage on westbound Willow at Studebaker?

  6. Kenneth C says:

    I like the idea but it will never happen down here.

  7. John Duval says:

    The striping says to do what I have always done here, which is good. Still not a situation for the other 99% of cyclists. The real problem here is three streams of traffic merging simultaneously. Some drivers are trying to merge left, looking over their left shoulder while trying to pass aggressively. This keeps cyclists to the right, right turning cars trying to squeeze by, and everyone stopping short and swerving.

    A better solution would separate the timing of these three merging traffic streams. Stripe the right lane solid starting at the crest and hang a lane diagram to urge cars to anticipate and complete merging sooner and while still going slower. Use green lane markings to indicate bikes going straight, now merging with only one flow of cars, and bollards to discourage cars doing the same, or at least not at speed.

    Oh, and cut back the bushes on the other side of the street so cars and bikes can look each other in the eye as they approach that crossing.

  8. I like the striping of the bike lane to the left of the right turn lane, but the “Begin RT lane yield to bikes” sign is not supposed to be used in a lane drop situation, nor are sharrows really appropriate for use in a RTOL, since sharrows mark a through lane position.

    I might suggest instead a BMUFL sign in conjunction with a “Through bikes merge left” and even a “through traffic merge left” sign w/o right turn markings, so it stays a through lane, and only have the RTOL markings AFTER the BL/RTOL split begins.

    In spite of my criticisms, the present striping and signage is an improvement over the problematic bike lane weave it replaces, though I think it can still be improved.

  9. M says:

    I like the thinking and applaud all efforts. Especially since I utilize these lanes and the bridge every weekday and at least once on the weekend. However, the way this is now structured leaves us nowhere to go when traffic is anywhere close to being thick…not to mention when drivers get greedy. Also placing a sign and telling drivers/cyclists right at the interaction point happens is the wrong place to do so. The sign should be at least 30 feet earlier in my opinion.

    Do we also know if they’re going to fix the pavement quality where they’ve blasted off the previous stripes?

    I also hope they do something about the right-hand turning lane on the other side of the bridge (going the opposite direction), as second approaches Marina Dr. I’ve had numerous close calls and was actually hit a few weeks ago by someone breaching the bike lane in order to get into the turn lane as soon as possible. If you look at the lane on google maps, click on both birds-eye and street view. There are cars in the bike lane on both views. In my case it ended up with a ruined set of carbon wheels, laptop and a bruised shoulder and a few ribs.

  10. josh says:

    I think the author Ronald Wright would describe this as a “progress trap”. This is probably the fastest moving roadway with sharrows on them. It works on second because the street is very slow. On faster streets, I think this would be less effective. When I came across this the other day, I was hoping this wasn’t going to be permanent. Oh well, hopefully this will work out better than what the city did to Livingston Dr.

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