News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/29/2014
Subject :

Green Bike Lanes Installed to Provide More Visibility to Bicyclists
Contact : Jaime Rodriguez, Chief Transportation Official    650-329-2136
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
Palo Alto, CA—Bicyclists in Palo Alto now have another safe route in the City to ride along with the recent installation of green bike lanes on W. Meadow Drive between El Camino Way and Wilkie Way.  The newest corridor of green bike lanes is the third to be installed in the City in an effort to make bicyclists more visible to drivers and to ensure their safety in high-traffic areas.

"The advantage of the green bike lanes is that they clearly define the roadway space that motorists need to dedicate to bicyclists, and the bicyclists are guided properly to where they need to ride," said Jaime Rodriguez, the City's chief transportation official. 

The new lanes also support Safe Routes to School operations for Gunn High School, Terman Middle School, and Briones Elementary School. Safe Routes to School is a community partnership between the City, Palo Alto Unified School District and Palo Alto PTA, and evaluates the existing conditions for students traveling to school, assesses current education programs, explores policy changes to improve school commute safety, and develops new encouragement tools, such as activities, special events and contests to build enthusiasm and interest in walking and bicycling.

The installation of the lanes was done through a partnership between the City, iTherm, and D&M Traffic. iTherm and D&M Traffic covered the cost of materials and installation, while the City covered the cost of roadway restriping to accommodate a new right turn lane in the westbound direction from W. Meadow Drive onto El Camino Way. This installation is also the first in the U.S. to use reflective colored glass beads in the green material to offer improved nighttime bicycle lane visibility.

The City currently has two other corridors with green bike lanes, Channing Avenue between Guinda Avenue to Newell Road, and Park Boulevard at Oregon Expressway.

The rules of the road are important for both drivers and bicyclists to know. Click here for a video explaining bicycling and driving in and near the green bike lanes.