Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 3, 2019

Alameda Cross Trail mix

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Tonight the City is holding a workshop on Clement Avenue improvements between Grand and Broadway.  This, should be, a fairly easy stretch all the way until around Oak where it then gets tricky around the Part Street part.   I don’t think that anyone will disagree that Clement between Oak and Grand is a very wide street which lulls folks into higher than 25 mph speed.

Oh speaking of which, I was driving on Atlantic a solid 25 mph the other day.  I might have been going a tad over 25 mph but not over 30 mph.  Apparently obeying the posted speed limit was too slow for the lady behind me who proceeded to pull into the right hand turning lane when we all hit the light at Challenger.  Rather than turning right on to Challenger, she proceeded to head straight (Atlantic is a one lane road at that point) and drive into the bike lane, essentially driving side by side my car to, I guess, pass on the right.  There was a car in front of us both who was so utterly confused that he simply pulled over to let the aggressive driver ahead of both of us.  Not sure what she was in such a hurry about, but this stretch of Atlantic is one that carries a lot of super aggressive (and dangerous) drivers.

But I digress.  Anyway Clement is another road with aggressive drivers and folks who refuse to stop for pedestrians to cross the street.  Road improvements are long overdue.

Here’s the stretch under discussion in context to the planned Cross Alameda Trail:

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And this slide is really interesting because it shows the number of collisions on this stretch of road, there’s a fair number of collisions involving bicycles which is not a surprise because there are no bike lanes on that road.

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Based on the presentation staff is recommending a two-way bikeway which would look this at the intersection of Clement and Park:

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This is probably going to be the most contentious of the improvements because of the removal of parking.  And with the proposed hotel going in as well, it’s not going to over well with some of the business which may believe that their businesses will suffer with the removal of some on-street parking spaces.

But if the City manages to get a safe route just to Park Street that would be a huge improvement over existing conditions now.  They just need to figure out the bit that’s currently the Pennzoil property and the section behind the Del Monte building.


  1. I don’t think that anyone will disagree that Clement between Oak and Grand is a very wide street which lulls folks into higher than 25 mph speed.


    It’s not especially wide by local standards, but it is a speed alley. One suspects that is due to lack of stop signs or lights as well as the lack of enforcement that is plaguing the entire city.

    Comment by dave — June 3, 2019 @ 6:15 am

  2. I’ll bet that for every auto infraction there’s 10 bicyclist infractions.

    Comment by Jack — June 3, 2019 @ 8:46 am

    • Yes, bikes are JUST LIKE cars. Both weigh 4000 lbs and are capable of rapid acceleration and triple digit speeds.

      Comment by dave — June 3, 2019 @ 9:03 am

      • What the fuck does weight have to do with breaking the law?

        Comment by Jack — June 3, 2019 @ 10:15 am

  3. And for every bicycle infraction ticketed there are 500 autos ticketed.

    Comment by Jack — June 3, 2019 @ 8:59 am

  4. Just turn that corner where the muffler place is into a parking lot and then everyone will be happy. It will be needed with the dunkin donuts coming in right there too. Is there actual research to show that 2 way bike lanes cause less traffic accidents? The proposed scheme seems confusing for everyone loops like more accident ready intersection to me. Also, without stop signs and lights on clement, GPS will send cars down there as the fastest way through the area, so even one or two stop signs would help the accident situation. Also, the accident data was taken from what years/ time period?

    Comment by michonnekatana — June 3, 2019 @ 9:01 am

  5. The government’s top priority is the safety of its citizens. A bicyclist rolling a stop sign at 5-10 mph has a lot less relevance to this concern than a driver texting on their phone while a pedestrian is trying to cross the street, for example. Weight matters a lot. Your personal sense of fairness matters much less.

    Comment by cw — June 3, 2019 @ 11:24 am

    • … meant to reply to jack

      Comment by cw — June 3, 2019 @ 11:26 am

  6. Which government?
    Fed = more taxes
    State = more taxes
    Local = more tickets

    Comment by Jack — June 3, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

    • :insert eyeroll emoji:

      Comment by Rod — June 3, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

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