Several years ago, the MTC adopted a Routine Accommodation policy for roads and highways in the SF Bay Area. It is a great idea, but progress on implementing the policy has been glacial. Case in point: the James Donlon Blvd extension in Pittsburg, CA.
This project will build a new highway, cutting through open space. It is being built to serve a sprawling new housing development, and to provide congestion “relief” on nearby Buchanan Rd. Despite the Routine Accommodation mandate, it is being designed to the Caltrans Rural Highway standard — meaning no bike facilities nor sidewalks. Bicyclists would be permitted to ride on the shoulder, but it will be alongside traffic moving at 55+ mph highway speeds. This part of Contra Costa county lacks good bike routes, relegating cyclists to busy arterials. If this highway is to be built at all, it should include a Class I bike facility.