Drivers too often pass on blind, curvy mountain roads: Roadshow

Q: I bicycle a lot on twisty Peninsula mountain roads where about one of four drivers pass on blind corners instead of waiting 5 or 10 seconds to pass safely. I don’t understand why people drive on the wrong side of the road when they can’t see what’s coming around the corner, but it is entirely routine.

I have come across the inevitable car-on-car head-on collisions several times. Mt. Diablo has signs that say “Do Not Pass Bicycles on Blind Corners” which seems as obvious as “Do Not Hit Yourself in the Head with a Hammer.” Are these signs effective?

Mike Salameh
Los Altos

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A: Art-the-CHP-Man believes they are, but says “it all depends on the person reading the signs. The main reason for signs (like this) is to keep motorists not familiar with the road informed of certain conditions as well as a reminder to the rest of us of what we’re not supposed to do (even if it is common sense).”

If there’s an area where you feel there should be a sign, contact the San Mateo County roads department at https://publicworks.smcgov. org/ or 650-363-4103 or Caltrans at

Q: I get why some complain about proposed bike lanes taking space from auto traffic. But I don’t get the complaint that new bike lanes are not warranted because we “don’t see that many bikes” on that road today. Isn’t that like arguing against a bridge because we don’t see that many people swimming across the river?

Peter Albert
San Francisco

A: Many city traffic planners agree. Where San Jose has added bike lanes, they say the number of bicyclists has increased significantly. On some streets, that’s up up to 1,600 bikes a day.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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