Rant: If you don't know Newport Ave in #WillowGlen here's the scene.. cars speed down Newport Ave like it's an expressway. Thursday is garbage day so there are trash cans, yard waste and recycling bins, the garbage truck is also on the street and all the cars being driven by people rushing, speeding, late, not paying attention, text, talking and even a few I saw eating breakfast as they drove. The kids and I are riding our #bikes to school (well I'm running), I make the judgement call to ask the kids to get on the sidewalk, my kids are smaller than the trash cans on the street! Newport Ave has no bike lanes, it's a neighborhood street and it's incredibly busy and dangerous. There is a couple ahead of us walking their dog, Jon starts ringing his bell.... Nothing, they don't move, so I say excuse me, still no movement, I politely say it again, the woman turns around and says, "shouldn't bikes be on the street?" Really lady? really? My kids are young, they do not understand the severity of bikes vs cars, sure I've explained it to them.. but you honestly think I'm going to put my kids out on that street in am rush hour? Really? Is it so hard for you to politely step aside to let two elementary school kids pass you so they can get to school? If we we're on Lincoln Ave or Minnesota Ave my kids would be in the bike lane... but not on Newport, not today.
In San Jose, sidewalk bicycling is allowed except in two areas with designated bikeways: San Fernando Street and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets, and in Willow Glen on Lincoln Avenue. These streets are in business districts that have more people walking on busier sidewalks.
There are two exceptions to the sidewalk bicycling ban on these six streets: for kids 12 or younger and adults accompanying them, plus safety officials such as police.
Be nice to your neighbors, smile, move aside if someone says excuse me... Just be nice to people. Is it that hard?
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