Is San Jose planning to destroy more roads for the sake of cyclists?
Q: Who decides which roads are subject to “road regimes” and whether public opinion is taken into account? It looks like someone in San Jose made it their mission to take every working and efficient four-lane road and turn it into a less efficient two-lane road. Hundreds of cars are hampered for a handful of cyclists. It started with Lincoln Avenue, then Naglee and now Fruitdale. Is there an end in sight?
Jan Coffey, San José
A: No. The decision to remove lanes is based on statistics on collisions, injuries and fatalities on a particular road and on cases where there are opportunities to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
There are 17 corridors in the city that are of concern. The Ministry of Transportation approves highway diet proposals, as does the city council. When road regimes are considered, residents of the surrounding area receive notices from the city and have the opportunity to comment.
Q: I was skeptical when they diet down Naglee Avenue near the Rose Garden, reducing it from four to two lanes, but now that it’s done, it’s great!
Scott Miller, San José
R: Why is that?
Q: I live on a side street with only two lanes. Previously, when there were four lanes, and if you were in the inside lane, you could easily get stuck behind someone turning left. Now there is a reserved lane for the turns, so the people turning left sit there and the rest of us walk by. It makes perfect sense.
Also, the Rose Garden is quite crowded these days (weddings, parties, yoga, jam musicians, gospel gatherings), so there are a lot of pedestrians crossing Naglee, and two lanes make it a lot more sure.
Q: Our 20 year old is attending college out of state. She wants to request a REAL ID at home this summer. The DMV website is uncertain whether a person who is not a minor can bring two documents on behalf of their parents (for example, a mortgage bill), as well as proof of their relationship. Do you know if it suits him?
Wendy Hansen, Saratoga
A: Yes. If a REAL ID applicant’s name does not appear on any residency document, they may present a birth certificate, marriage license, or domestic partner certificate to trace their relationship to the person whose name appears on the documentation. of residence. Your daughter may also use school documents, medical documents, or bank statements as proof of residency.
Additionally, the DMV will only accept printed copies of a mortgage statement or medical bill, not digital files.
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