Ferry riders driving to the Main Street Ferry Terminal began using an extra parking lot in May. The city-owned O Club parking lot across the street from the terminal provides 121 spaces under a temporary license agreement with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Despite the added parking spaces, the street shoulders and unpaved lot west of the nearby dog park continue to absorb overflow.
Residents, businesses, city staff and bicyclists will have their last say with the City Council on Feb. 24 for the future of Central Avenue’s design. Proponents claim it will make the street safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. They fail to mention that the Central Avenue project favors bicyclists’ needs over the existing business needs. It takes away parking spaces near some businesses. It removes an existing truck loading zone area for businesses on the north side of Central Avenue between Webster and Sixth streets.
The Public Works Department is hosting a parking workshop on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Alameda High School cafeteria, Entrance to the cafeteria is on the 2200 block of Central Avenue near Walnut Street.
The department is working to develop a clearer, easier, and more convenient plan to provide access to parking. Staff members will discuss parking improvements for the Park and Webster street shopping districts. The workshop aims to develop better support the shopping districts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by cars circling for parking spaces.
The Alameda Marketplace announced recently it will be sharing a brand, new parking lot under construction at the intersection of Park Street, Tilden Way and Lincoln Avenue. The shopping destination’s current lots adjacent to the building will be getting a complete makeover to comply with state regulations for runoff, as well as provide brand new landscaping and lighting.
The Public Works Department is teaming up with the Park Street Business Association and West Alameda Business Association to conduct a parking meter study. The first step is surveying local users of the city’s meters.
The survey’s aim is "to better support our shopping districts; protect our environment from unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions; and afford shoppers clearer, easier, and more convenient access to parking," the city said in a press release.