Foothill Expressway and bicycles, Part 2: The need to educate inexperienced cyclists

Foothill Expressway cycling
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A cyclist enters Foothill Expressway from San Antonio Road. The number of cyclists on Foothill appears to be on the increase.

Last month I wrote about the upcoming modifications to Foothill Expressway at San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue. The modifications have too many details to describe thoroughly, but designs with two right-turn lanes are under consideration.

Seeing the light on troubling Subaru Forester

A customer called last month and said it felt like the transmission in his 2005 Subaru Forester (2.5-liter engine) was slipping under acceleration.

He said the check-engine light wasn’t on and that the problem was intermittent, but he could feel it when he was getting on the freeway or taking off from a stop.

Vehicles for all occasions


Courtesy of Hyundai
Like Hyundai’s other vehicles, the 2018 Santa Fe, above, comes with the best warranty and buyers coverage in the auto market.

For our money, the most practical all-around vehicle on the road today is the mid-sized utility crossover. These workhorses can carry five passengers or a full load of cargo on slick highways as well as unpaved back roads while delivering reasonable fuel efficiency.

A wide range of choices are available in this highly competitive market segment, selling with all desirable comfort and safety accessories, for a total price comfortably under $40,000.

Fusion offers good mileage, smooth ride

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Courtesy of Ford
The new Ford Fusion gets 42 mpg in combined driving.

In a world that seems filled with SUVs, trucks, sports cars and other specialty vehicles, we often are surprised when we get a mid-sized sedan for review.

When we do, we frequently discover that a basic four-door automobile with a comfortable back seat and nice trunk that offers good gas mileage may be a satisfying all-around choice for a family.

Foothill Expressway intersections need green bike lanes

This time around, I’d like to address plans for the intersections of Foothill Expressway at San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue in Los Altos. These intersections are bottlenecks at rush hour, and there is agreement between residents and traffic engineers that the modifications at El Monte made a few years ago were poorly thought out.

There have been several plans under consideration, including ones with multiple turn lanes from Foothill onto El Monte and San Antonio. I took my own advice and attended the recent meeting of the Los Altos Complete Streets Commission to provide input regarding the needs of bicyclists through these interchanges.

Seeing the light on problematic 2000 BMW 323i

In my December column, I mentioned that I did not have the energy to write about a really difficult BMW problem. I mustered the energy to discuss it this time around.

The problem car: a 2000 BMW 323i. The owner told us that it was cutting out badly while driving and the check-engine light remained on.


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