Sausalito: New paint makes bike lane safer

New stripe; safer cycling: It's white. It's gleaming. And it might save a few lives.

Published January 23, 2008 by San Francisco Chronicle
Carolyn Jones

New stripe; safer cycling: It's white. It's gleaming. And it might save a few lives. The newly repainted stripe marking the bike lane on Alexander Avenue in Sausalito will make the popular path infinitely safer for cyclists. For months, the faded, nearly invisible stripe rendered the path a potential death trap for cyclists heading uphill just south of Edwards Avenue, as motorists hugged the hillside while rounding the blind curves. The path became even more treacherous a few weeks ago when rain storms sent mud and debris slipping off the hillside onto the path. But, as of 1 p.m. Friday, the path was so clean and well marked that "you can eat dinner on it," said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which is responsible for maintaining the road. The district spent $3,800 restriping and cleaning the bike path, and plans to repaint the roadway's orange center stripes next. Safety features are especially necessary on Alexander Avenue because it's such a popular route for tourists making their way between the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, enjoying spectacular views of the bay and Marin Headlands along the way – and perhaps not paying attention to the road ahead.

Who got it done: Celia Kupersmith, Golden Gate Bridge and Transportation District general manager, (415) 921-5858; ckup@goldengate.org

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