San Clemente proposes buffered bike lanes on Calle Saluda – Orange County Register

Calle Saluda, a key route into San Clemente’s Talega community, may be the next street in town to get eight-foot-wide buffered bicycle lanes.

City planning commissioners voted 6-0 on Sept. 20 to ask the city council to have the street reconfigured when it is resurfaced in December. It’s a “traffic calming” measure to increase safety, officials said.

The city proposes to reduce speeding on what motorists perceive to be a wide-open street by narrowing the traffic lanes, eliminating center striping and adding bicycle lanes, said Tom Frank, the city’s transportation engineering manager. Left turn lanes and right-turn lanes at intersections are to be left in place.

“After driving this road and noticing there’s no parking on either side, I really admire this solution to put in a protected bike lane and provide a little bit slower traffic lanes, but still provide turn lanes where they are necessary, where we don’t have to waste the whole roadway with that double yellow dotted line,” Commissioner Michael Smith said. “I think it’s a great fit.”

Frank said notices were sent to 300 homes near the project site and no one complained about the proposed changes. The commission’s recommendation is expected to go to city council on Oct. 17.

Frank said the city is also looking to add buffered bike lanes next spring on Avenida La Pata from Saluda to Avenida Pico, on Pico from Calle Frontera to The Courtyards, and on Avenida Vista Hermosa from La Pata to Pico.

Questions? Call 949-361-6127.

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