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February 24, 2016

Kids in the street

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

I’m pretty sure I wrote about this before but wanted to put it out there in the ether given tonight’s big meeting about the Central Avenue project.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx issued a challenge for Mayors across the nation to make streets safer for people.  As of February 16, 2016 Alameda is on the list of cities that have agreed to meet the challenge.

One of the first challenges is to take a Complete Streets approach which is exactly what the Central Street project does.  From the challenge:

Walking and bicycling should be considered equally important as other transportation modes: The primary goal of a transportation system is to safely and efficiently move people and goods. Walking and bicycling are efficient transportation modes for most short trips and, where convenient intermodal systems exist, these non-motorized trips can be linked with transit to significantly increase trip distance. Walking and bicycling should not be an afterthought in roadway design.

A Complete Streets policy incorporates safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects; improves conditions and opportunities for walking, and bicycling; integrates walking and bicycling into transportation systems; and provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.

A complete streets approach changes the way every day transportation decisions are made; changes design guidelines; educates and trains everyone on the new approach, and uses new measures of success. The ultimate goal will be that pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities will be able to safely, conveniently, and easily use roads, sidewalks, bike paths, transit and rails to get to their destination.

Note that nothing in this challenge indicates that a critical mass of people must have died in order to take some kind of action on a street that is well used by people using all modes of transportation.  Taking a quick look through the correspondence that was sent in a lot of people, more than the usual suspects, weighed in on this topic.  It will be interesting to see what the turnout is like and how that affects some of the City Councilmembers who are highly susceptible to a large public turnout.

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9 Comments »

  1. Does anyone know what happened to the bike/walk lane for Ralph Appezzato and why Central has taken precedence?

    Comment by Hugo — February 24, 2016 @ 8:59 am

  2. Cross Alameda Trail

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2016 @ 9:07 am

  3. Those crazy bikers! They want TWO ways to get safely from one end of the island to the other!? You mean kids at Paden, Maya Lin and Encinal Junior/Senior HS want to be safe AND kids going to the charter schools want to be safe too?! Gah!

    Comment by BMac — February 24, 2016 @ 9:30 am

  4. where are the parents??? why are they letting kids walk alone on the street??

    Comment by Kathleen F. — February 24, 2016 @ 9:47 am

  5. What I find strange…they started the Cross Alameda Trial last year and it won’t be finished until 2017. If they put it in the hands of a developer…it would already been completed. It takes the city much longer and probably costs more in the long run. As much as some hate developers they are experts and the people we elect are not.

    Comment by joelsf — February 24, 2016 @ 10:48 am

  6. 5. Developers get their money from banks. In order to build out the Cross Alameda Trail (or anything, for that matter), we have to approve the concept, then go begging different agencies for money to build the thing, then delay when when find some petroleum and other niceties two feet below where the train tracks used to be. It is what it is.

    Comment by BMac — February 24, 2016 @ 11:59 am

  7. #6 developers get money for banks because the are experts at what they do. Cities don’t get money from banks because their is too much politically differences and the banks may not get their money back in the long run just saying we pay more for less and it takes much longer. I thought when they started working on it last year it would be done already…but when I saw it won’t be done until 2017? Jeanne Sweeny’s park…push it out for another 25 years.

    Hopefully they build something on the base before the buildings fall down. They are actually replacing windows and working on one of the hangers…it will be interesting to see what it looks like when done…hopefully they don’t repaint it baby diarrhea yellow again…a nice olive green would be nice.

    Comment by joelsf — February 24, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

  8. #4. The parents, I hope, are home, giving their kids a taste of independence and autonomy. You know, like kids until a few dozen years ago.

    Comment by Jack Mingo — February 24, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

  9. #4, hopefully they are walking alone on the sidewalks and not the street. The parents are at work.

    Comment by John P. — February 24, 2016 @ 7:40 pm


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