Who knew there were so many John Forrester types in Santa Cruz?
More than 60 people turned out Monday night to air concerns about a proposal to put 10 miles of rumble strips along a scenic span of Highway 1, an idea that has sparked a furor among many local cyclists. Held at the Museum of Art and History, the sometimes testy meeting was a chance to hear details of the plan firsthand from Caltrans officials. Hoping to improve traffic safety along a picturesque but sometimes deadly stretch of asphalt, Caltrans is proposing the vibration-inducing strips to keep drivers from drifting off the road.
I suspect many cyclists still have a knee-jerk reaction to rumble strips because they used to be built so badly. These Highway-1 rumble strips would conform to modern Federal standards, leaving 5′ of shoulder space. I ride that road all the time, and if anything that would be a nice improvement.