Publication Date

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor

Frances Edwards

Abstract

In 2012, the City of San Jose acquired funding from the Transportation for Livable Communities Grant Program and began installing “green striped” enhanced bicycle lanes on a 1.5 mile stretch San Fernando Street between Diridon Station and 10th Street connecting San Jose’s Downtown Train Station to San Jose State University. According to city documents, these enhanced bikeways are intended to “enhance the visibility and safety of this route as a primary bikeway.” An important element of the project was the installation of LED streetlights to improve nighttime visibility. This specific project undertaken by the city falls under the umbrella of its Bike Plan 2020, intended to transform San Jose into “a city where bicycling is safe, convenient, and commonplace.” One of the Bike Plan’s primary goals is to reduce bicycle collision rates by 50% before the year 2020. The San Fernando Street Improvement Project and others like it will be validated by “reach[ing] a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community status by 2020.” The purpose of this research is to determine whether this project has successfully reduced rates of injuries and fatalities.

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