Thank you to all who turned out for the San Jose City Council meeting this evening. In response to the many who wished to speak on this issue, the mayor and council chose to move it forward in the agenda, in front of all but the honors and awards.
After long and passionate discussion from the bicycling community and concerned Hedding Street residents and neighbors, the project was approved by a unanimous vote of council members present. (Council member Constant was absent this evening.)
The item approved by the city council tonight was an amended project that will, at some extra cost to the city over the originally proposed project, preserve parking along parts of the residential part of Hedding. In lieu of the buffered bike lane through these sections, green slurry seal will be used to delineate the bike lane more clearly. The Department of Transportation will be identifying funds for the estimated $100,000 increase in cost and drawing up a change order for the revised plan.
The associated pavement maintenance project is slated to begin this September. As the bike lane will be part of the street striping, it will likely accompany the later phases of the project. In this phase, the Hedding Street bike lane will run from 17th to the Guadalupe River Trail, with plans to extend it all the way to the Santa Clara border at Winchester, sometime in the future.
Original memorandum by Hans Larsen (July): http://www.sanjoseca.gov/clerk/Agenda/20120821/20120821_0601.pdf
Blog post (not mine) with more details and more links, http://cyclistchic.com/?p=13825