According to the official speed surveys conducted by the City of Coronado, motorist speeds on Glorietta Boulevard have not decreased since its bike lanes were installed.
These are the official results: Before the bike lanes were installed in 2013, the average motorist speed was 27.72 mph. After the bike lanes were installed, according to two surveys, the average motorist speed was 28.02 mph and 27.65 mph. In other words – by rounding down or up where appropriate – the average traffic speed on Glorietta Boulevard was, and remains, 28 mph.
This is significant for this reason: Bike lanes are being proposed throughout Coronado as a “traffic calming” solution. As the Glorietta speed surveys show, this is not effective.
Do we need to reduce car speeds in Coronado? Maybe we do … but installing bike lanes is not the answer, and I think it would be helpful if elected officials, appointed representatives, and city staff would stop holding up Glorietta Boulevard as an example of success.