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Community Meeting Thursday on Bikeway Plan

The Public Works Department continues its series of meetings on the proposal for a bikeway on Shoreline Drive and Westline Drive.

From a City of Alameda press release:

The Public Works staff continues the community dialogue to create a Shore Line Drive/Westline Drive proposed bikeway, and invites interested community members to attend the third community meeting.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Lum Elementary School’s Multi-Purpose Room

1801 Sandcreek Way at Otis Drive 

What: Modify striping on Shore Line Drive/Westline Drive to:

· install bikeway

· reduce number of travel lanes

· revise parking lane on the beach side of the street

· provide left-turn lanes at key locations

· install up to 20 bicycle racks

· install bus shelters on Shore Line Drive at Kitty Hawk Drive and on Grand Street at Shore Line Drive

· provide shuttle bus landing area on Westline Drive south of Shorepoint Court

· install up to three new crosswalk

To view the draft drawings and to preview the presentation, please refer to the following web page under “Current Project Documents”: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Traffic-and-Transportation

 If you are unable to attend, please submit written comments by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012 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.

The Transportation Commission (TC) is tentatively scheduled to review the proposed project on November 28, 2012 at 7 p.m. (City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gail Payne by phone at (510) 747-7948.

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CrabCove walker October 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Remember that, unless I'm wrong, the existing pedestrian/bike path along the beach is East Bay Regional Park land, so it's not something that we in Alameda can change easily. When I walk, bike, or drive that stretch along Shoreline, it is often very clear to me that the existing path is handling far, far too much walking/jogging/biking traffic, and it's risky for everyone involved. To me, it's well worth it to shift some car traffic up to Otis in order to get more space for separating the walkers/runners and the bikes.
Johanna Hall October 18, 2012 at 05:45 AM
We really need a comprehensive bicycle friendly plan for the City of Alameda as a whole -- not just along the beachfront. It is not safe to ride in the so-called Bike Lanes on major streets such as Lincoln, Central, and Broadway, not to mention, non-bike lane designated streets such as Park and Webster.
Klaus S October 18, 2012 at 06:08 AM
The plans look great! Looks like a good balance between making Shoreline more safe for bikes & pedestrians, but also keeping parking space for residents. It's time to change Shoreline from a 4-lane highway into the jewel that it could be. (I'm driving along Shoreline several times a day and am happy to lose a small amount in time in order to get safe streets and attractive neighborhoods)
Marvin H October 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I think the time to reclaim Shoreline for pedestrians and bikes is long overdue. Every time I go down there I still can't believe how the area development was so poorly done back in the 60s. Shoreline should have been a jewel for Alameda and not just a way to move traffic from one end to the other. The current mixed use path does not work for bikes or people. When you ride on it with pedestrians you have to go very slowly and have to constantly, and annoyingly, ding your bell so people will move out of the way. That is not safe for anyone. When you walk you have to be on the lookout for bikes coming up and passing you. You just can't mix the two together in that small a space. There needs to a path on the street for bikes that is separated from cars so people feel safe using it.
hobnob October 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM
hehehe, I had already emailed that suggestion, you should email that to Gail Payne as well at: gpayne@ci.alameda.ca.us I think I read in the document of the last meeting people complained how that can't be done... or what not, but sure, we'll spend $1 million restripping and redoing the roadway to make it single lane for cars - that is a brilliant idea! You want to increase people to come to the beach but make it harder for people to get there and park! Excellent plan!

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