City Focuses on ‘Walk, Bike, Roll’

Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians comes first in this traffic design on Fernside Boulevard near Otis Drive and the Bay Farm Bridge. Designs like this encourage residents to walk, bike and roll in Alameda.

City Focuses on ‘Walk, Bike, Roll’

The City of Alameda is seeking community input on draft recommendations for the Alameda Active Transportation Plan. This input will guide the creation of safe and comfortable places for people to walk, bike and roll in Alameda. Last winter, the city solicited ideas and comments about where residents enjoyed these activities in Alameda. The city also asked in what areas residents would like to see improvements. Staff used these comments, along with a data-driven review of existing conditions and best practices, to develop recommendations on how to create a community that is friendlier to the bicycle, wheelchair and pedestrian community.

This effort focuses on programs and policies that may be included in the Alameda Active Transportation Plan. Both would encourage and support people when they walk and ride their bicycles. In addition, the city is working on policies that set the direction for the implementation of the active transportation network. The city is pairing programs and policies with infrastructure improvements that include building a new bikeway and creating a community that is safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike.

The city is hoping to ensure that people choose another mode of transportation than the automobile. This “mode shift” means getting more people to walk and bike. This concept is one of the program’s goals. The city has assigned no particular program or policy recommendations to this goal because all the programs and policies aim to increase the number of people bicycling and walking, either through direct infrastructure investments or supportive programming.

Examples of these include:

Promoting the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program’s events to encourage walking/biking, such as International Walk and Roll to School Day, Golden Sneaker Contest and Bike to School Day in May.

Implementing temporary street closures, such as Slow Streets or Sunday Streets, to provide safe and fun places for people to walk, bike, and roll, such as on Shore Line Drive on the Main Island, Harbor Bay Parkway on Bay Farm Island, or Ferry Point at Alameda Point.

Continue partnering with Bike Walk Alameda on development of the printed walking and biking map of Alameda and create an online bicycling map.

Developing signs and educational materials about securely locking bikes to reduce bike theft.
Promoting California’s Clean Cars 4 All e-bike voucher program for low-income individuals. This would provide up to $7,500 toward the purchase of an e-bike or bikeshare program in exchange for their gas-powered vehicle.

Visitors to the website will notice that the policies are numbered for easy reference. For example, the first objective under the Safety program is numbered “S.1” with the “S” meaning “Safety” and the “1” meaning the first objective. The associated actions are labeled “S.1A,” “S.1B,” and so on.

The city is seeking community input through the survey on the Alameda Active Transportation Plan website: https://www.activealameda.org.