Friday marked the first day of a three-month "road diet" in San
Jose, CA – a city project aimed at the increasing safety by rechanneling
traffic along Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen. The project will last from
March to May, and will transform the four-lane road into a two-lane road
with a center turn lane.
Supporters of the road diet hope that the new traffic pattern will allow
pedestrians and cyclist to travel Lincoln Avenue with greater ease and safety.
If the trail period does not improve safety, Lincoln Avenue will return
to its previous traffic configuration.
City Officials Respond to Growing Need for Reconfiguration of Lincoln Ave.
A press release from the RDWG (Road Diet Working Group) stated that, the
reconfiguration is a "response to years of community requests to
calm traffic and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and residents
in Downtown Willow Glen."
Opponents Fear Increased Traffic Problems
According to news sources, some drivers are already preparing for traffic
jams along Lincoln Ave. and the surrounding streets. Because the new configuration
eliminates two lanes, it will increase traffic density and force some
drivers to use alternate routes, opponents claim.
The RDWG will measure the impact of the change and, if necessary, revert
the street back to its original four-lane structure.
San Jose city officials invite members of the local community to share
any feedback, questions, and concerns they regarding the road diet. To
learn more, visit
Supporters of Safety in the Local Community
If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a pedestrian or bicycle
accident, contact a San Jose personal injury lawyer from Habbas &
Associates. We are committed to facilitating safety in the local community
and helping those who suffer injuries by no fault of their own.
To learn more,
contact our office today.