Fairmont Drive Road Diet: The City of San Leandro is restriping Fairmont Drive from Hesperian Boulevard to East 14th Street to change the roadway from three lanes to two lanes in each direction the week of October 18, 2021. This road diet was approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council on September 28, 2020 and will allow installation of protected bicycle lanes that will improve safety for all users. The new bicycle lanes will be protected by concrete medians interspaced with delineators which will be installed by the end of November 2021. This project is being funded with Measure B and Measure BB funds and a Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Grant. Please use caution when travelling on Fairmont Drive during this time of construction and if you have questions contact the project manager: John O’Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As recommended in the Bayfair Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Study and the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the City is installing Class IV bike lane facilities on both sides of Fairmont Drive between Hesperian Boulevard and East 14th Street (SR 185). A Class IV separated bikeway, often referred to as cycle track or protected bike lane, is for exclusive use of bicycles, physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical feature. The separation used include flexible posts and curb medians.
Installation of a Class IV bikeway on Fairmont Drive necessitates implementation of a road diet, which is a reduction in the number of travel lanes used for automobile traffic. The right lane, previously used for automobile traffic, will be dedicated to bicycle use as a separated bikeway. Currently, this segment of Fairmont Drive is being transformed by the road diet from three lanes in each direction to two lanes in each direction.
The improvements include a “Two-stage Bike Box” for bicyclists making a left turn from westbound Fairmont onto southbound Hesperian. From the Fairmont bike lane, cyclist should enter the Hesperian intersection and proceed to the green bike-box aligned with the Hesperian south bound through lane; they should then wait in the bike-box for a Hesperian green through light before proceeding southbound.