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Los Gatos Patch reader Bonna Kauffman submitted the following question and comment: "Who do I contact about our town being basically bike unfriendly because it's so dangerous to ride along University Avenue, Santa Cruz Avenue and Highway 9 ... ?"
Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Director Todd Capurso said residents with complaints about bike lanes around town should email him at email@example.com, or call 408-399-5770. "I don't think Los Gatos is bike unfriendly, but that doesn't mean that every street in town is bike friendly," Capurso said.
The streets mentioned by Kauffman in her inquiry are certainly constrained since there's not always sufficient room for bicyclists along their path, Capurso noted, adding that Los Gatos has alternatives such as the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
"It's known far and wide as being bicycle friendly and our wider roads, like Winchester Boulevard, Blossom Hill Road and Los Gatos Boulevard, have bike lanes on them. We have a lot of streets with bike lanes," Capurso said.
Even portions of University Avenue have bike lanes, Capurso added.
Santa Cruz Avenue is challenging because it traverses through the Los Gatos downtown area and there's a lot of parallel parking on the street, he explained.
"I would have to agree that Santa Cruz Avenue is not bicycle friendly," he said. "But I'm not sure what we could do about it."
About Highway 9, Capurso indicated it is a state highway. He noted Los Gatos has worked cooperatively with Saratoga, Monte Sereno and the state to make sure Highway 9 bike lanes are properly marked and traffic detectors are being considered for bike lanes to alert traffic signals that there are cyclists waiting. "We've done a fair amount along Highway 9, but unfortunately you can't make every street bicycle friendly."