Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the Broad Street Bicycle Boulevard Project. By default, I can only support Alternative 1.
Why not close the highway on/off ramp to Highway 101 on Broad Street NOW while establishing a bike path on Broad Street. THEN, study the traffic (both bike and cars) to see the result. My assumption is that many people travel on Broad to take the off/on ramp. This action should greatly impact the amount of traffic on Broad as well as Chorro Street. This on/off ramp is dangerous as it is - the on and off lanes are too short on a highly traveled highway. Implementing any of these alternatives prior to the closing of the on/off ramp appears to be premature.
However, I have the following concerns: increased use of speed humps/speed cushions used in all alternatives; reduction of street parking on Chorro Street (Alternative 2); lack of use of roundabouts and visual cues; and use of chicanes.
As a long-time resident living on Chorro Street, I am extremely interested in how speed humps/speed cushions are used. I was so glad to see the ones that were once placed on Chorro Street removed. They did not significantly keep cars from speeding on the road (either speeding over the bump or moving to the side of the road to try to evade it) and the emergency responders, at that time, indicated their concern (and mine now) that response time was impacted.
Alternative 2 appears to indicate that curb parking would be eliminated on one side of Chorro Street. Curb parking is highly used on this street and this alternative would require individuals living on this street and who no longer have curb parking, as well as visitors, to cross a very wide street with more traffic. People may resort to jay walking and pedestrian accidents or near misses can result. As a person living on this street there have been occasions where I have had to park on the other side of the street it is not a practice that I would like to have to do every day - there is just too much traffic and an issue of safety.
Roundabouts have been shown to be extremely effective in reducing speeding since a good roundabout design places a high priority on speed control. Why not more roundabouts - perhaps replacing the multiple stop signs along Chorro Street which require police presence periodically? In addition, have visual cues been considered for the area. Visual cues help drivers recognize that they are entering an area of increased pedestrian and bicycle activities. Lastly, my research indicates that the use of chicane's (Alternative 3) are not always considered effective as an a driver can maintain speed and drive down the centerline if there is no on coming traffic.