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August 1, 2014

Criss Cross Trail will make you jump

Filed under: Alameda, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Can I just tell you how excited I am that the Cross Alameda Trail is moving forward? After years and years of nothing happening, the City is finally making movement, thanks to some key grant money, on the actual trail itself which will help with one major deficiency on that stretch of Atlantic: bike lanes.

For those that aren’t familiar with the location, it’s the red line.  Apparently Bayport is considered “high density housing” which makes me giggle a little:

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And the proposed project concept.

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The Cross Alameda Trail was, of course, inspired early only by the work of the Rails to Trails Conservancy which pulled together a steering committee of folks to work on the vision for the Cross Alameda Trail.   Eventually this should serve to connect this trail with the larger Beltline parcel (minus a small detour through the Webster Square shopping center).

One item for consideration if the City is still looking for ideas for the Cross Alameda Trail.   In my childhood I remember these “fitness stations” that were always fun and a good way to promote healthy exercise and stretching.   Could be a nice addition to the walking paths.

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6 Comments

  1. Jean Sweeney’s groundbreaking research on the Beltline RR yard led to the work on the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) beginning in 1999-200 or so. With funding from RTC, the Cross Alameda Trail Steering Committee (CATSC) was born a bit later, with representatives from Pedestrian Friendly Alameda and BikeAlameda (now merged into BikeWalkAlameda) joining Beltline Open Space activists and others to present the Cross Alameda Trail Vision Plan to the City Council and other community partners in 2004:

    http://www.railstotrails.org/resources/documents/whatwedo/TrailDART/Report_CrossAlameda.pdf

    Those of us who worked on the CATSC a decade ago are thrilled to see this progress: making the CAT a reality faces some major hurdles from property owners along Clement and Blanding as well as tricky toxic pollution from the shipyards and industrial plants that populated the estuary around World War II, but as the trail is implemented, the growing pressure on property owners to cooperate in granting Bay Trail access should help…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 1, 2014 @ 10:26 am

  2. Parcours fitness stations would be an excellent addition to the CAT, IMHO.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 1, 2014 @ 10:28 am

  3. I wanted to go to the meeting but had other things going on. My only comment is why do they need a separate Bikeway, walkway and jogging path that together is 25 feet. That is a lot to maintain when you most likely only have 10-20 people use it each day. A 4 or 5 foot paved path would be fine like the one they have on Main Street. Just because you build it doesn’t mean people will come and if they do come expand it later. I would ride my bike there or maybe walk on the path, but who in their right mind would jog there where everyone can see you. The park and rec department would be better off using there money to fix up what they already have or if they want it for this project put a hedge next to the fence in front of the storage units, Summerhouse, Atlantic Apartments and the ones further down the street. People complain about the fence at Bayport put along that strip, but you have nice hedges, plants and flowers to look at rather then garage doors.

    Comment by Joseph — August 1, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

  4. Sorry I couldn’t make that meeting because I have lot of questions. Maybe Jon or somebody could try to answer some of them.

    How possible is it to maintain this 35 foot configuration beyond the bounds of Jean Sweeney park? The willful lack of foresight in maintaining Beltline right of way across Constitution and Webster in favor of developing Wallgreens and Starbucks has resulted in a large break in continuity. I assume the bike portion may break off and perhaps Appazzeto will get dedicated bike lanes or at least sharrows? There are none now, right?

    It has been a very long time since that commercial development, and maintaining the right of way would have curtailed the commercial possibilities tremendously, but a few of us raised the issue back then and were completely ignored in favor of standard model of “progress”. Even though Barbara Kerr wouldn’t vote against it she made a big deal about having fought to get the Wallgreen’s facade “upgraded” to it’s current classy state, faux lighthouse? As an aside, comparing the new Wallgreen’s on Park, building standards for new development have at least begun to improve.

    I begin to see Joseph’s point. On Shoreline we are building a bike track in the street. Will it make more sense and be easier to get property owners to cooperate along Clement and other places if the bikes are given well marked priority IN the street? Cutting 35 feet parallel to Clement street extension between Del Monte and the Encinal terminal development should be interesting. At least times have changed and these things get discussed before the developers get to pave a parking lot. Is it possible the trail will frequently change configuration as it winds the length of the island? I can’t even figure where it will be placed between Broadway and Grand. The current fallow rail line is right down Clement street and there is every manner is existing usage on the water’s edge. The link above seems dated since the mock up has bikes on the path along Appezzato. Fine to get waterfront access with each new development like Boatworks, but won’t it be eternity before there is a trail with continuity?

    Comment by MI — August 2, 2014 @ 10:02 am

  5. re-reading the first sentence, it is now clear you are saying this project will provide bike lanes where there currently are NONE on A. Way. Duh! I inverted what you wrote and thought the red line section will not get bike lanes incorporated with other trails as shown in the sectional drawing. I didn’t realize the funds will ONLY apply to this short section marked in red and I was thinking about the big picture. I guess piece meal is better than nothing.

    Assuming I finally got all that straight, it is still a conundrum how the “small detour” can be negotiated. In my inverted interpretation, having bike trail diverted to street lanes some where along Beltline to proceed along A. Way, might be less confusing, but I guess everybody can just walk their bikes (which many won’t do) through the cross walks on Constitution and Webster, since joggers and walkers won’t have any other choice. Plus, with sound wall, A. Way is essentially high speed (30 mph) boulevard and bike lanes might cramp the style of motorists breezing to and from distillery, brewery etc..

    I’ll try to remember to read twice and post once.

    Comment by MI — August 3, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  6. Instead of fitness stations they should just put up hurdles for runners and ramps for cyclists. Every trip could be a race.

    Comment by Lake — August 3, 2014 @ 7:59 pm


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