The Hedding Street bike lane project is going before the San Jose City Council at their regular meeting at 7pm this Tuesday, August 21.
The bike lane is item 6.1 on page 6 of their posted agenda, which states that there is a recommendation to approve:
The SJ Mercury reported the plan in the context of negative input from Hedding Street residents and neighbors at the August 2nd community meeting.
This article quotes a disapproving resident as stating that few cyclists use the street, but her assertion seems to be at odds with both the findings of the Department of Transportation and my own informal observations of counting half a dozen to a dozen cyclists besides myself on Hedding Street during a typical trip from Oakland to Park at commute hours.
As the city has identified, Hedding Street is a key connector for bicycles in San Jose, but it is currently a very difficult place to ride. At the August 2 community meeting, Manuel Pineda, Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation, stated that this bike lane project already has "policy approval" and that, although it was intended for construction at a later date, it will be scheduled for construction (if approved) this fall instead, because of relatively lower costs if completed in conjunction with an already-approved pavement maintenance project.