Bike safety is paramount

 

Dear City Council and Staff:
I am writing to advocate for safer bike lanes in Alameda, particularly on Clement Avenue. My family and I were biking home from dinner on Webster Street on Saturday, May 12, when my husband and son were struck by a car on Clement at Lafayette Street. I was biking behind and saw the event occur. It was a hit and run; the driver sped off and ditched the vehicle a few blocks down the road. 

My husband is recovering post-surgery with a broken leg. My 23-month old son had minor injuries and is doing okay. It’s been a long few weeks as my family heals physically, as well as emotionally. 

I am concerned about pedestrian safety in Alameda. We are homeowners in Alameda and recently bought a townhouse at Willow Street and Clement. We love living on the Island because it’s pedestrian friendly but feel that there is a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of safety. 

Clement is very busy with speeding cars. I believe that Clement needs to have a safe, separated bike lane, as I see people biking down it very frequently. People need a safe way to commute by bike in order to ease traffic congestion. I also believe there needs to be more crosswalks and speed bumps to slow down the traffic on Clement between Grand and Park streets.
— Christa & Rich Cusimano

Ms. Cusimano:
First, let me say I was very troubled by the hit-and-run incident that harmed your family and am glad to hear that your family is recovering from such a terrible experience. I want you to know that that the city is actively working on improving safety along the Clement Avenue corridor. 

The city successfully won a federal grant application totaling more than $5 million for safety improvements on Clement that will remove the railroad tracks, install a bikeway and provide pedestrian upgrades on Clement between Grand Street and Broadway, which is 1.2 miles in length. 

The project will create a complete street and construct a major portion of the Cross Alameda Trail. The federal grant will begin later this year with community outreach on a concept for the corridor expected in the fall. We encourage you and your family to become involved in the outreach process and help shape the final plans for the corridor.

For more information on the Clement Avenue project, please refer to the city’s website at 
alamedaca.gov/public-works/clement-avenue-complete-street. For project updates, email gpayne@alamedaca.gov. Direct any questions or concerns to Gail Payne, Senior Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 747-6892 or by email at gpayne@alamedaca.gov.

Thank you for reaching out to us and we look forward to your continued involvement.

 

 

Jennifer Ott Director, Base Reuse and Transportation Planning Department

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