Shore Line Reconfiguration Underway

photo by Eric J. Kos

A biker passes the construction zone where Shorline Drive turns into Westline Drive. A lane of both Westline and Shoreline drives will turn into a two-way cycle track as part of a plan announced in 2012.

The Shore Line/Westline drives Cycle Track project got underway this week with crews appearing to begin construction on the project. The cycle track will provide an area protected from car traffic just for cyclists, while the existing path will be meant for pedestrians.

The project will not be fully complete until sometime early next year, but cyclists have been using the lane blocked off in anticipation of the construction.

The project will install a 1.8-mile, two-way bicycle track along Shore Line Drive from Broadway, along the south side of Shore Line, and then along the west side of Westline to Otis Drive. At least one car lane will be removed and there is potential a second lane would be removed.

The city cites several reasons why this is a vital project for Alameda. The city wanted to continue Alameda’s reputation as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S. They also wanted to minimize traffic, reduce motor vehicle speeds in the area, reduce multi-use path conflicts and make the area safer.

Funding came in the form of roughly $555,000 in local citywide development fee funds and Metropolitan Transportation Commission matching funds, and $416,400 in grant money from Caltrans.

The project will also install loading zones, bicycle parking and disabled parking. A change to crosswalks in the area and tree removal is also part of the plan.

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