City Expanding Road Changes to Support Outdoor Dining, Retail

The changes to outdoor dining spaces in Alameda will not only stay the same after reopening but be expanded. In the long run, these spaces will prove a net gain to restaurants which have suffered much during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maurice Ramire

City Expanding Road Changes to Support Outdoor Dining, Retail

Last week the City of Alameda restriped Park Street from Encinal Avenue to Clinton Avenue, extending existing Park Street roadway changes to the south.

Between Encinal and San Jose avenues, the street was restriped similar to the section to the north, with space for outdoor dining and retail added along the western curb, two lanes instead of four: parking, and a left turn pocket at San Jose. Between San Jose and Clinton, the street will transition to match the two lanes with one center turn lane further south on Park Street.

This new restriping will create additional opportunities for Alameda’s small businesses and improve safety by reducing pedestrian crossing distances, creating painted bulb outs, and slowing speeds. Unsafe speeds are one of the top two causes of severe and fatal traffic collisions in Alameda.

The city added bollards and flex-posts to better demarcate the parklet areas and the no parking zones on both Park and Webster streets. The city also upgraded the parking signage, making it clearer where parking is restricted to 15 minutes for pick-up and drop-off only, in support of restaurants and retail establishments offering to-go or pick up options.

Bicycle parking is planned for select former parking spaces on Park and Webster within the next eight weeks. All bus stops will continue to remain in place.

Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Alameda restaurants and many businesses. In July and August 2020, the City, in partnership with the business community, implemented a “quick build” project that created more space for people to shop and dine while physically distant along Park and Webster streets. Since Park and Webster streets were restriped in 2020, over 25 parklets have been.
City Expanding Road Changes to Support Outdoor Dining, Retail established on these two streets, with more being planned. A short segment of Alameda Avenue off Park Street was also closed to traffic to allow for physically distant dining, at the request of the business district.

Last October, the City Council approved extending this pilot program through October 2021, at the request of the business community and in acknowledgement of the continuing pandemic-related restrictions. In May and June, the City will evaluate the overall program and solicit input from the community. In September, staff will bring a recommendation to the City Council on how the streets should function in the future.

Learn more about the Commercial Streets program and take part in future surveys at
www.alamedaca.gov/commercialstreets