Eyesore: Treacherous Bike Lane at Park Ave. and Coronado

Cracks, holes, loose turf threaten bicycle riders daily on a popular route into Capitola.
Cracks, holes, loose turf threaten bicycle riders daily on a popular route into Capitola.
Take a look at these pictures and guess how long it will be before someone is seriously injured here? 

Have you ridden Park Avenue, where it links Aptos to Capitola? It's treacherous for bicycles who have to pull into the roadway to get away from the cracks. 

This stretch is between Coronado and Cabrillo streets.

What's wrong with this picture?  Is Capitola government totally asleep? 

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Lisa Bennett, President December 16, 2013 at 09:49 AM
I've submitted a request to fix this to the city of Capitola. Will let you know when they respond to me. I biked to work for many years and know just how irritating these kinds of street problems can be! Lisa Bennett, Synergy HomeCare
Albert Munoz December 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM
I hope a lot of people see this, hoping that people will understand why we cant always be in the bike lane. Please Share the road and be safe
Linda Ellen Lemaster December 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Thabks, Brad. I have to travel this 'patch' at least 2x/month. I am afraid to ride, have to get off and walk my bike -- with asthma, its a choice between risking bone breakage or polluting my frail lungs for 3 - 4 times longer, in that corridor. If they can;t fix it correctly, why not a little wooden 'boardwalk' in the worst of it? I'll help scrounge for boards to recycle if somebody who's a carpenter would help "nail it down"?
Brad Kava (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Keep us posted, folks...and tell us about your eyesores and we'll print them and maybe get some HELP!!!!
L.J. CoffeeHead December 16, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I would like to see all the major commuting routes in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area get REAL, well-paved bike lanes. I think that I am not alone when I say that I would use my bike a lot more if it felt safer. Concurrently, I wish that bicyclists here would actually learn AND FOLLOW the rules of the road. I'm always so impressed when I go to Portland - not only has the city gone out of its way to make it bike commuter friendly, but bikers actually know the rules and follow them. It makes it a great win/win for everyone. Both auto drivers and cyclists know what to expect from each other... Not the self-righteous chaos we have here in Santa Cruz.
Oedi December 16, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I've been wondering since I moved here in April 2009 if the city's ever gonna do anything about 38th between Capitola and Brommer. I don't know how long it's been in such disrepair, but it must've trashed quite a few tires by now.


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