Pine Street traffic a concern for bicyclists and motorists
Bicyclists concerned about motor traffic or those wishing to avoid the limestone bypass in wet conditions can use the established bike path on the south side of Pine Street. A crossover path, incidcated above, is available for those bicyclists heading westbound on Pine Street.
A few years ago, a bicyclist was killed at the entrance to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, near Sand Hill Road.
SLAC has since taken precautions to prevent anything like this from happening again. We want to make sure that no bicyclists are harmed while riding at Fermilab.
Sometimes, when bicyclists and motorists meet, the rules of the road can get overlooked. Bicyclists have a legal right to ride on either the road or on Fermilab's paved bicycle path.
Some areas, such as the Pine Street entrance on the laboratory's west side, can be dangerous for bicyclists, particularly if motorists aren't paying attention or don't let bicyclists merge. The road narrows near the west guardhouse and motorists must allow bicyclists to merge onto the main road.
Bicyclists who choose to ride on the bike path throughout the Fermilab site have also expressed concerns about the limestone bypass on the north side of Pine Street. Bicyclists can find the bypass difficult to ride on in wet conditions. In these conditions, Roads and Grounds staff members encourage bicyclists to use the established bike path on the south side of Pine Street, as outlined on the above map, to get around the problem area.
To get to this recently paved bike path, Roads and Grounds staff members encourage westbound cyclists to use the path crossing inbound Pine Street near the Lederman Science Center just west of the woods and east of the Margaret Pierson Prairie Path parking lot. A sign now marks this path.
People need to stay extra alert at these two areas where bicyclists and motorists come into close contact.
Bicyclists should watch for oncoming traffic when crossing Pine Street to enter or leave the established path. Motorists need to watch for bicyclists and drive the posted speed limit as they exit the laboratory on Pine Street.
By working together to share the road, everyone can remain safe.
-- Mike Becker, Roads and Grounds