Road Diet Update
Mon, Jun 20 4:21pm

The San Jose Department of Transportation has recommended to:
Accept the Lincoln Avenue Pilot Project Report, and support the plan to pave and stripe Lincoln
Avenue in the current pilot configuration, implement minor traffic signal improvements at the
Minnesota/Lincoln intersection, and traffic calming improvements in adjacent neighborhoods.


Highlights from the findings one year later:

  • The Road Diet is consistent with and support the goals of various City Council adopted plans and strategies, including: Envision San José 2040 General Plan, Bike Plan 2020, and Vision Zero San José.
  • Traffic volumes within the Lincoln Avenue business district declined.
  • Motor vehicle speeds declined modestly between 0.5 and 2.4 mph within the Lincoln
    Avenue business district.
  • The number of vehicles traveling 10+ mph over the posted speed limit
    within the business district declined significantly.
  • Travel times during peak commute hours have only increased by 1 minute and 33 seconds Curtner to San Carlos (Northbound AM) and 27 seconds San Carlos to Curtner (Southbound AM), and actually decreased mid-day.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian activity have increased.
  • There was a slight reduction from the average annual number of crashes in the immediately preceding five years. There were no fatalities or severe injuries.
  • An extensive list of traffic improvements have been made since the implementation of the Road Diet.
  • Revenues have increased for the Business District on Lincoln Ave., when comparing post-Road Diet Sales Tax Revenue to the previous two years.

Lincoln Ave will be repaved at the end of July / beginning of August.

San Jose City Council will vote whether or not to make the Road Diet permanent on June 28.

If it is approved, the intersection at Minnesota and Lincoln will receive a new traffic signal like that at Lincoln and Willow, and in addition, a series of further mitigations will be explored and the appropriate ones implemented to address streets that have been adversely affected as defined in the City’s Traffic Calming Policy.


Please read the entire report (attached) for more info!