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Name not shown inside City Boundary May 18, 2019, 1:21 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Interested, but concerned - I bike on trails and paths, but avoid roads


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Scary, fun, unsafe


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
protected, prioritized, pervasive


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
We need protected bike lanes on city streets.

Name not shown inside City Boundary May 12, 2019, 2:40 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


1. Not very nice on the majority of streets without dedicated bike lanes. Drivers do not give right of way to bikes unless lanes separate them. , 2. Those little bike symbols in the middle of the street are nice but really are not anywhere close to as helpful as actual bike lanes (even just striping without actual protected lanes), 3. In downtown there is really not much for bike lanes. If you look on Google maps and select biking option you will see that San Mateo is a big hole in bike infrastructure relative to other peninsula cities to the south and to SF. We can do better. And if we want to decrease congestion and get people outside and using transit, biking is one of the best options for solving the last mile dilemma pervasive in San Mateo and the peninsula.


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
1. Dedicated bike lanes. Even just striping would help, but protected bike lanes for higher trafficked streets. , 2. Lanes going where people want to go (such as getting to Caltrain stations), 3. Bike share without street infrastructure improvements is a recipe for disaster. Please improve street infrastructure at the same time you emphasize bike sharing. The cost of striping bike lanes is relatively minimal.


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
In case you couldn't read longer responses above, problems:
1. Not very nice on the majority of streets without dedicated bike lanes. Drivers do not give right of way to bikes unless lanes separate them.
2. Those little bike symbols in the middle of the street are nice but really are not anywhere close to as helpful as actual bike lanes (even just striping without protected lanes would be a start)
3. In downtown there is really not much for bike lanes. If you look on Google maps and select biking option you will see that San Mateo is a big hole in bike lane infrastructure relative to other peninsula cities to the south and to SF. We can do better. And if we want to decrease congestion and get people outside and using transit, biking is one of the best options for solving the last mile dilemma pervasive in San Mateo and the peninsula.
Suggestions:
1. Dedicated bike lanes. Even just striping would help, but protected bike lanes for higher trafficked streets.
2. Lanes going where people want to go (such as getting to Caltrain stations)
3. Bike share without street infrastructure improvements is a recipe for disaster. Please improve street infrastructure at the same time you emphasize bike sharing. The cost of striping bike lanes is relatively minimal.

Name not shown inside City Boundary March 22, 2019, 5:35 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Inconvenient, family-unfriendly, potential


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
convenient, expected, prepared


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
I wish it were easier to get to CSM. Upper W. Hilldale Blvd. is harrowing - traffic flows fast and unfriendly. 19th Ave/Fashion Island Blvd. is also harrowing & bike unfriendly. I recall the idea of a bike/ped freeway overpass aligned with Lodi St. - that would be nice.

Name not shown inside City Boundary March 5, 2019, 9:45 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


less safe than, say, Palo Alto, but still an excellent way to get around, there is room for improvement


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
more people biking to Caltrain, less people driving to work, motorists more attentive and considerate, safe enough for kids to bike to school


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
I'd encourage you to focus on: 1) safe routes along the Caltrain corridor. 3 stops in San Mateo with different levels of service, and "transit-oriented" development at Hayward Park with infrequent service, but other stops are just a short ride away. A safe, attractive route along the corridor could help to realize the vision of transit-oriented development. 2) safe routes to schools; encourage a lifelong healthy habit, and reduce car trips; 3) working with other cities along the Peninsula to connect good, safe north-south routes. The weather in the area is so nice for so much of the year. It's a shame more people don't get out and enjoy it on a bike. You can get exercise while you get yourself where you need to go, and it's better for the environment.

Name not shown inside City Boundary March 4, 2019, 5:49 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Interested, but concerned - I bike on trails and paths, but avoid roads


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Stressful, Dangerous, Slow


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
Seamless, Faster , Comfortable


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
Safe Routes to Work - can you develop a program for employers to identify the gaps in the safe bike route network for their nearby commuters? Can you fill the gaps and upgrade the routes to encourage mode shift for commuting?

Name not shown inside City Boundary March 3, 2019, 12:48 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Terrifying, Unsafe, Unplanned


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
Safer, Family-Friendly, Bike Lanes


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
The development of specific bike lanes is a great idea, however it has to be safely executed. For example, the stretch of Crystal Springs road between Third Avenue and Alemeda de las Pulgas has a terribly planned bike lane. I love the idea, but first, the bike lane is only on one side, and further, the cars on perpendicular streets always pull INTO the bike lane at their stop signs. This has the cars pulling into and stopping in the bike lane, which is extremely unsafe.

Karl Pope inside City Boundary February 27, 2019, 8:00 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Bad routes, Poor Planning, Bad infrastructure


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
Better planning, Better N/S routes, More true bike lanes


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
Personally, I wonder if anyone on the staff bikes. The recent building east of the railroad tracks and north of 25th ave. is a classic. New construction with little thought to bikes, who did the builders pay off? At least I hope there was little thought because the lack of a dedicated bike lane with cars parked at a 45 degree angle makes for some very dicey biking. On top of which the lights aren't sensitive to bikes so the option is to wait for a car or run a red. This is truly troubling given that it's a route from the train station to both the fair grounds and a high school. And please don't suggest that it's safer to ride through the Caltran parking area, because that it's not and anyone who rides a bike would know that.
The best route N/S is along Pacific Ave which turns into Old County Rd. There are cracks in this road that also run N/S that are as wide as my bike tire. Again, fairly dangerous. There is no alternative on the west side of El Camino. And if you say Alamedas de las Pulgas, I'll invite you to try to ride it with me.
There continues to be inadequate bike parking downtown.
When San Mateo get really serious about biking, the first consideration won't be car traffic. Make one way streets and put in dedicated bike lanes through the avenues. Add a bike lane to El Camino. And before you suggest that's not possible, do your homework and read about the changes that Amsterdam implemented in the 1970's.
I did a cost benefit analysis for the county of Marin a few years ago on the health savings by increasing access to non-motorized transportation (biking and walking). The savings were very impressive even for a county of 260K people. The impact for the 100K people of San Mateo would be similarly impressive. I hope that you are working with the county and other cities to create a harmonized plan.

Name not shown inside City Boundary February 26, 2019, 11:49 AM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


Good, Convenient, Limited


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
Connected, Safe, Commonplace


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
I bike to Caltrain (San Mateo, Hayward Park, Hillsdale, and sometimes even Millbrae) every work day, and have for almost 12 years. For the most part, commuter biking in San Mateo is pretty convenient. However, biking through downtown San Mateo is not particularly safe or easy at rush hour, especially through the areas with front in parking. Similarly, the Bay Meadows development has made biking from San Mateo to the Hillsdale Caltrain station VERY dangerous. Portions of Delaware Avenue between 92 and 25th Avenue are nearly unrideable, forcing bikers onto the sidewalk for their safety, but putting them in conflict with pedestrains. Once in the new Bay Meadows development, Delaware loses a dedicated bike lane, forcing bikers into the car traffic in the one and only lane, and it Delaware is lined on both sides with front-in parking, meaning parked cars cannot see bikers coming when backing out. Finally, I really wish there were better ways to ride with children to the Bay Trail. As it is, I am forced to take my kids through downtown to get to Monte de Diablo and the pedestrian overpass of 101, or to Fashion Island Boulevard, which is nothing short of a nightmare to ride with kids.

Name not shown inside City Boundary February 26, 2019, 7:24 AM

What type of bike rider are you?
Somewhat Confident - I feel comfortable riding only on quieter streets with bike lanes


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


difficult , dangerous, risky


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
safer, easier, healthier


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
Bike path along Alameda de las Pulgas
Bike pedestrian bridge over CA92 at Edinburgh St
Bike lane on Flores St 94403

Name not shown inside City Boundary February 25, 2019, 8:14 PM

What type of bike rider are you?
Highly Confident - I feel comfortable riding on any street


In three words, can you tell us what it's currently like to bike in San Mateo?


can, be, daunting


In another three words, can you tell us what you wish biking in San Mateo will be like in the future?
more, people, bicycling


Anything else you'd like the City staff to know about bicycling in San Mateo?
Delaware where it intersects and goes under 92 particularly tricky: If you are heading northbound or southbound on Delaware, the bicycle lane suddenly disappears before and under 92. Northbound on Delaware, the bicyclist must use same lane as traffic getting onto 92 east and that is in the middle of 3 lanes (the right lane is right only onto the freeway or 19th Ave).
Rather than making busy roads share with bicycles, an alternative is to find ways to make quieter streets become the main north/south and east/weat bike routes (and perhaps build extensions from these quiet streets to other quiet streets) so bicyclists don't have to get onto busy roads for most of their trips. I usually get onto S Claremont rather than stay on Delaware when heading north south on bike because I like the quiet. Great that S Claremont also has a designated bicycle lane.