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Bike Lanes on Shoreline: Meeting on Thursday

The public is invited to the second community meeting on a potential project to to restripe Shoreline and Westline drives to provide bike lanes.

A proposal to add bicycle lanes to Shoreline and Westline drives, and to reduce vehicle lanes to one in each direction, will get a second community airing Thurday evening.

A federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant of $416,400, which received initial approval last year, would pay for the project.

To date, the reactions of Alameda residents to the proposal have been mixed.

According to city staff, written comments received prior to a May community meeting on the project tallied 34 in favor and 29 opposed. A report following the meeting noted 46 written comments in support, 20 opposed.

An showed 40 percent of readers (144 votes) supporting the idea and 59 percent (211 votes) opposed. the poll is non-scientific.

Details of Thursday's meeting are in the city's announcement below. You may see the presentation from the May community meeting and the city's bicycle master plan on the City of Alameda website.

From a City of Alameda announcement

The Public Works Department invites the public to the second community meeting to discuss a potential project to restripe Shoreline Drive/Westline Drive to provide bike lanes.

When:   Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Lum School’s Multi-Purpose Room (1801 Sandcreek Way at Otis Drive)
What:    Modify striping on Shoreline Drive/Westline Drive to:

•    Install bike lanes
•    Reduce number of travel lanes
•    Install up to 20 bicycle racks
•    Install bus shelters on Shoreline Drive at Kitty Hawk Drive and on Grand Street at Shoreline Drive
•    Provide shuttle bus landing area on Westline Drive south of Shorepoint Court
•    Install up to two crosswalks

This community meeting will be a working session that will include a review of the comments and suggestions received from the community on the bike lane concept, a presentation of potential options that address the comments received from the community, and small group discussions where participants will be asked to review and develop alternatives on how to best proceed.

For more information on the project, please refer to the following web page under “Current Project Documents:” http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Traffic-and-Transportation.  Those unable to attend this working session may submit written comments to Gail Payne, Transportation Coordinator, at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square, Room 110, Alameda, CA 94501 or by email at gpayne@ci.alameda.ca.us.  All written comments will be part of the official public record.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Gail Payne by phone at (510) 747-7948.

Producer June 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Put bikes on the path, not the street.
Zac miles June 26, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Bikes have the right to use the street regardless. Bike lanes are safer and enable people to leave the car at home, making it better for all.
Alameda Resident June 26, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I have never been on Shoreline when both lanes were really used, and I like the idea of replacing one lane of traffic each way with bike lanes. Bikes and pedestrians really can't effectively use the same narrow path, so adding bike lanes would improve my experience as a pedestrian by moving bikes off what is essentially the sidewalk and putting them in the street.
cristy lg June 26, 2012 at 07:47 AM
I travel with my bike during the day and my kids are in their carriage in the back. I like and support the idea bc the street is a smoother ride for my kids. I hate riding on the path bc my tires get ruined by the uneven pavement. People are oblivious to bikers and sometimes I can't even pass bc they have earphones on! Riding on the path and sidewalks give my kids body aches. It's definitely not fair to those with carriages to be shoved off the nice smooth road!
Producer June 26, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Shoreline is fine the way it is. It's nice to drive along the beach without any traffic jams. Widen the path for cyclists and pedestrians and leave the street alone. Isn't that a viable solution for everyone?
hobnob June 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I agree with you Producer! IF you want to add a bike lane, you need to widen the shoreline. I've been on that road when both lanes have been in use. It's nice to drive without traffic jams! Also, with Off the Grid happening on Saturdays, shoreline will be used more often. To say you want it to be more transit friendly is fine, however, shoreline has a bus that comes by every 20-30 minutes, while most of Alameda have 5 bus lines running through it. The only other option is to walk or drive (or bike) around there efficiently. Yes, the bikers already do ride on the right side beside the parked cars, I don't really see a need to change it.
alm June 27, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I live on the shoreline. Please don't add bike line to add more traffic! Or I will move out of here!!!
ron June 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
And for once pave it such that it provides a smooth ride for bicyclists and roller bladers.
JoanAnn Radu-Sinaiko June 30, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Is this honestly something that is high on the priority list of business for Alameda's officials. Seems there are more pressing matter that the funds could be use instead. However, if it is necessary to create the project, please leave shoreline drive as it is. Add the bike lane along the beachfront, inbetween the sandy beach and the current pedestrian walkway. Southern California has mastered alternative used for the. beachfront. Consult with their efforts and use what they have model for the upcoming project. I love that the traffic flows ongoing though if there is a reduction of traffic lanes, by creating the outside beachfront lane for daytime traffic. It is so beautiful here, lets share the beachfront with everyone. The parking policy has been set up years ago. Traffic over the past 16 years that we have been residents, has increased considerably. Local residents, lets share the treasures with others. These are the same people who will likely spend money in our island city if beach access was easier.
Mr. Anonymous June 30, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I support the notion of getting bikes off the street. Yes, I know they have the same right to the road as cars, but in a town where 25mph is the limit, I have been finding myself putting along behind bicyclists traveling at 10mph in the traffic lane and gumming up traffic for everyone. If you want to ride your bike in the traffic lane, then fine. Do it at 20-25, not 10. Can't keep up, then get out of the lane. I believe a car would get ticketed for impeding the flow of traffic at 10mph, so why should we all come to a grinding halt for bikes? In cities where biking is a real form of transportation (see Amsterdam) there are dedicated bike 'roads' that cars and pedestrians do not travel on. If we really believe that biking is the best way to travel, then build bike roads. But if we are still only looking at a very small percentage (less and 5%) that actually ride bikes for travel, then let them use the path or the road (assuming they can travel at traffic speed).
Cybelle July 23, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I like the idea of having a bike lane next to the path next to the beach. I do not want to take away any car lanes on Shoreline. I think it's fine the way it is.

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