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Poll: Add Bike Lanes on Shoreline Drive?

Alameda's Public Works Department will hold a community meeting May 10 to gather residents' opinions about providing bicycle lanes on Shoreline and Westline drives

From a City of Alameda press release:
The Public Works Department needs community input and invites residents to a public meeting on Thursday, May 10, to determine if there is support to restripe Shoreline Drive/Westline Drive to provide for bike lanes and encourage bicycling.

Project Description

Modify striping on Shoreline Drive/Westline Drive to:

•    install bike lanes
•    reduce number of travel lanes from two lanes in each direction to one lane
•    provide parking lanes on both sides of the street
•    provide left-turn lanes at all intersections and other key locations
•    install 20 bicycle racks
•    install bus shelters on Shoreline Drive at Kitty Hawk Road and on Grand Street at Shoreline Drive
•    provide shuttle bus landing area on Westline Drive south of Shorepoint Court

Project Limits

The proposed restriping would be along:

•    Shoreline Drive between Westline Drive and Broadway
•    Westline Drive between Otis Drive and Shoreline Drive
•    Broadway between Shoreline Drive and Bayview Drive

The preliminary conceptual designs of the proposed improvements may be accessed on the following web page under “Current Project Documents:” http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Traffic-and-Transportation.

The May 10 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Lum Elementary School’s Multi-Purpose Room, 1801 Sandcreek Way at Otis Drive.

Individuals unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments by 5 p.m. on May 10 to Gail Payne, Transportation Coordinator, at City Hall West, 950 W. Mall Square, Room 110, or by email at gpayne@ci.alameda.ca.us.  All written comments received by 5:00 p.m. on May 10 will be part of the official public record.

Furthermore, the Transportation Commission will review the proposed project on July 25 at 7 p.m. (City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.).

SunFlowers June 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Feel better?
Nancy Branco June 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Sunflowers/Fabrice: Thank you! and Yes. Hope to see you at the meeting on Thursday Evening. Take care.
Larry Gee June 27, 2012 at 08:42 AM
However this dilemma is finally decided will have its merits-- good and bad. I just want to add my 2 cents worth for improving traffic flow and safety for autos making a left turn onto Shoreline drive. Allowing parking on Shoreline Drive so close to the intersections pointing West makes it very difficult and dangerous for those of us trying to enter Shoreline Drive. And also for the protection of people crossing Shoreline Drive to the beach, why be so cheap...paint is not all that expensive; paint more pedestrian lanes for their safety even if it slows down auto traffic. Many of those maniacs drive too fast on Shoreline anyway!
Jon Spangler June 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Santa Clara Avenue, which carries a similar traffic volume, is only 2 lanes and it works very well overall. Fernside Drive carries much more traffic and has two auto travel lanes. From a traffic capacity standpoint there is no reason a reconfigured Shoreline Drive cannot be both safer, calmer, and more efficient.
Debi Palmer June 29, 2012 at 03:33 AM
As a cyclist, I applaud the idea of special lanes for bikes. As a driver, I worry about cyclists, cars and pedestrians when I’m crossing the street and driving towards South Shore. SUVs, Vans and large trucks often obscure the view. Sometimes, I take a right and drive to the stop light at the intersection of Westline and Otis. It wastes time and uses more gas. When I’m cycling, I ride my bike on a path to Grand Street and I take a right onto the bike lane and take a left at the 3 way stop on Shoreline. It would be nice if mirrors could be added on Shoreline Drive to give smaller vehicles and cyclists a better view of what is coming when they are exiting on to Shoreline. Something similar to this: <http://www.reflectionproducts.com/Driveway_Traffic.html> would make our streets safer for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to share the roads and communities need to do everything possible to make it safe to drive, bike and walk in their community.

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