Staff is back with a slightly improved design for the Cross Alameda Trail section of Atlantic between Webster and Constitution. They are finally suggesting a protected bike lane to link two protected bike lane segments.
From the staff report:
This design has the following attributes:
• Protected Bicycle Lanes: Two-way, ten-foot wide, protected bicycle lane on the south side of Atlantic, between Webster and Atlantic, which will be a combination of at-sidewalk-grade (to the west) and at-street-grade (to the east) facilities.
• Continuous Sidewalk: New and existing sidewalks will be 6 to 7.9 foot wide along the south side of Atlantic.
• Intersection Crossings: Separated pedestrian and bicycle crossings, which reduce conflicts between the modes which travel at different speeds.
• Enhanced Intersection Safety: The designs have features of “protected intersections” with raised corner safety islands, which create a protected area for people biking to wait for the traffic signal and tighten the turning radius, to slow cars. Protected left turn signals will be installed on Atlantic at Constitution, to reduce conflicts between autos and bicyclists, as well as signage to warn turning vehicles to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the project. High visibility crossings will be painted.
• Maintain Bus Stop (Eastbound): Retained and expanded eastbound bus stop to meet AC Transit standards.
• Changes to Auto Travel Lanes: Retained all auto travel lanes on Atlantic, except for one of the three eastbound lanes between the southern driveway and Constitution, which is utilized by the protected bicycle lane. (Note that this is the area where the City’s easement area is very limited, so there were few other options for the facility in this section.) Most auto travel lane widths are reduced, but outside lanes are a minimum of 11 feet.
• Improve Webster St. Bus Stop (at southwest corner of RAMP/Atlantic): Bus stop will be re-configured, as part of the combined CAT RAMP/Atlantic Gap project, to remove the step up to the bus stop, and create a fully level corner plaza that seamlessly connects to the bus stop.
• Easement and retaining wall: Use a minimal amount of the City’s easement area, about 10 feet wide at its maximum, near the corner of Webster.
One thing that staff studied but then rejected was a mid block crossing in that gap. Even though they know that people, especially seniors, jaywalk that section ALL OF THE TIME they determined that there was not enough people getting run over at that crossing to warrant a crosswalk or even one of those flashing signal thingies. Here’s what the mid block crossing would look like.
So it’s an improvement from the initial plans.
Oh and there are a bunch of Council Referrals on the agenda again. At this point there are more Referral agenda items then there are regular agenda items. This referral process is so broken.