Expo Bikeway Sept 25, 2011 20:23:05 GMT -8
Post by Gokhan on Sept 25, 2011 20:23:05 GMT -8
As for National, loose the car parking on the north side of the street and I'll feel much more comfortable. As for clear striping making a positive impact on safety. ...Don't think so because the road is soooo curvy, apparently intended to accommodate the once and now forgotten Palms Depot (just my supposition). Now, it's hard in even normal driving, let alone fast driving, to stay to the right on the marked lanes. Add greater lane congestion, and there'll be accidents.
Through the parking lot wouldn't work with a busy bike path, with some fast bicycles trying to go through. Also, there is no easy way to get onto National from the parking lot -- no traffic lights.
The reason why the National Boulevard curves is topography. There is a natural hill on the north side of National Boulevard that starts at the Palms/National intersection, on top of which the rail right-of-way goes. This is typical of the Palms / Cheviot Hills topography. National Boulevard avoids this hill by curving around it. This way the bicyclists will nicely get to avoid the hill as well.
For the location, description, map, and an old video of the Palms Depot, see what I just posted on the historical-Expo-photos thread.