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A calmer Arastradero Road

A major street project in Palo Alto has reached Arastradero Road, a popular route to and from Foothill Expressway.

The city has reduced the number of traffic lanes between El Camino Real and Gunn High School from four to two in some places and three in others, and the reclaimed space has been used to widen the bike lanes -- especially the northbound lane, which has been notorious for running into the concrete curb and having bumps and ruts that have sent more than one rider to the ground.

A new black slurry seal surface has also been applied to the street, eliminating some of the very noticeable washboarding that cyclists experienced heading southbound.

These changes should make Arastradero less stressful for cyclists, whether solo or on group rides.