I spent the last week at a meeting in San Jose. Since my hotel was about two miles from the convention centre, it was handy to have my trusty Tikit on hand.
Here is a green marked lane along W. San Fernando.
I’ll note two things: firstly, the bike map of San Jose has not been updated for a long time (the online version dates from 2005). Secondly, Google Maps seems to have no awareness of good bike routes around here.
A bike signal symbol painted in the middle of a traffic lane to show where to stop to trigger a light change. The placement of these symbols was inconsistent. I also saw may of them in the bike lane itself.
Palo Alto bikes has been here forever. It has gone upmarket, and is less interesting as a result. When I was a student, they were affiliated with Avocet products that had just launched, and they carried their own line of lugged steel frames. They also carried a lot of Ritchey stuff.
I also rode out to the Bicycle Outfitters in Los Altos, a shop I remembered with much fondness.
From the contents of the shop, I guess that the market for bike touring is much less than before. However, they did have this nice trio of Ritchey breakaway bikes.
An example of poor routing by Google Maps, as well as a lack of signage. Here, the bike lane on Grant just ends as I approach El Camino. I should have turned left on Phyllis, which had a bike lane, but I only realized this after the fact.
One thing I did like about Castro St. in downtown Mountain View is that they narrowed the street and widened the sidewalks. There is parking on both sides, but the restaurants have the option of paying a fee and converting the parking in front to a patio or other uses.