Mayor Ted Driscoll of Portola Valley will address the issue of bicyclist safety at a Town Council meeting tonight. Driscoll is seeking to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists, especially on highly popular Alpine and Portola Roads. The mayor has suggested a bicycle committee may be one way of addressing the town's bicyclists safety concerns.
From the Almanac Online:
Among the significant topics scheduled for the June 8 Portola Valley Town Council meeting, Mayor Ted Driscoll has prepared a 1,000-word analysis on the issue of bicycle safety in town. Mr. Driscoll's object: to engage the council and the public in a discussion leading to a regular forum, perhaps a bicycle committee, for dealing with the issues...
Mr. Driscoll begins his paper by noting the international renown of the Alpine-and-Portola-Road loop, which was included in a bicycle touring guide he found in a London bookstore.
While bike traffic on this loop has risen significantly over the past decade and the demographic of the riders has changed, the roads are as they were, he said.
The Town Council will meet tonight, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. The first item on the agenda is the bicycle discussion.