From the Desk of the Executive Director
I would like to respond to the article in the Alameda Magazine, published on Feb. 11, titled “Road Diet Rage” and written by Sarah Phelan that infers the Webster Street Business Association (WABA) is anti-bike and anti-safety. WABA absolutely encourages bicyclists in the Webster Street district and throughout West Alameda. We are certainly not raging. The author states, “Concerns about how to move people safely through an intersection that’s at the heart of the West Alameda business district” has delayed the project to be completely vetted for the best results.
WABA wants a safe path for Alameda’s kids and parents specifically on their way to school, whether on foot, or by bicycle or vehicle. WABA members include long-standing business and property owners who have an intimate understanding of this corridor. They highly appreciate Alamedans’ valid concerns over any development resulting in greater traffic.
WABA strongly advocates a safe route for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. This includes providing access and safe egress for larger housing complexes as well as for the elderly and disabled, while promoting the ability to conduct business on Webster.
Several years ago WABA and the City of Alameda came to a safe and mutually acceptable compromise for the intersections along Webster. Both businesses and bicyclists were protected.
Somehow that agreed-upon compromise was never presented to City Council. All of these discussions were thrown out and WABA now has started to address these busy intersections again.
WABA is working closely with Alameda City Planner Andrew Thomas to come to an accepted proposal much like the one created in 2015. The City Council has specifically asked that WABA play a significant role in the discussions.
So please, bicycle, drive or walk to Webster Street and beyond and enjoy the West End community.