RTC bike committee to talk rumble strips proposed for Hwy 1

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission's Bicycle Advisory Committee has moved the location of its April 9 meeting after receiving about 80 comments from members of the cycling public against Caltrans' plans to install rumble strips along Highway 1, a project that could occur in about two years. The agenda that night is to discuss Caltrans' proposed method of preventing vehicle collisions between Shaffer Road and Swanton Road on Highway 1 where drivers either cross over the double yellow line or drive off the shoulder. The rumble strips are proposed to accompany the double yellow lines in the center of the highway, as well as along the fog line on the roadway's shoulder. Cycling enthusiasts are concerned the proposed rumble strips will impact their safety, as well as cycling activities on Highway 1, including accessing points of interests along the north coast, along with the Tour of California, among other races that occur there. Bike riders fear the restrictions on cycling will also negatively impact the local economy, as Santa Cruz County is a cycling destination hot spot. They suggest the rumble strips be placed along the center divide and not along the shoulder area, where cyclists ride. The RTC bike committee meeting begins at 6:30 p.m in the Museum of Art and History's Auditorium at 705 Front St. in downtown Santa Cruz. The committee's agenda packet will be posted on the RTC's website at www.sccrtc.org, no late than Thursday, April 5.
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