I Bike Rockridge

Monday, February 17, 2014

The world of bicycle infrastructure is changing rapidly. People around the United States are realizing that cycling can be a major form of urban transportation-if cities provide bikeways that are safe, convenient, and comfortable.

Recently, more of Rockridge's bikeway network came to fruition with the completion of bike lanes on Alcatraz; sharrow markings on the Shafter-Forest-Colby and Cavour bike routes; and improved wayfaring signage.

Paving the Worst Biking Streets
Since July, the city paved two streets heavily traveled by bicyclists that were well-known for their poor pavement: Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Shattuck Avenue (59th Street to the Berkeley border). Next up in 2014 is Broadway from 38th Street to Broadway Terrace. In 2015, look for new pavement on Chabot Road from College Avenue to Golden Gate Avenue. These projects are designed, funded, and pending implementation. The Bicycle Facilities Program is seeking funds to fix Shafter Avenue (Cavour Street to Forest Street), the next priority on the list of bikeways with the worst pavement.

Suggest a Bike Rack Location
A grant from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) will enable the city to install approximately 250 bike racks over the next two years. Locations must be in the public right-of-way (mostly sidewalks) in commercial areas.

For program information, and to request a location be evaluated, go to www.oaklandbikes.info/cityracks.

Enlightened Self-Interest
State law requires bicycles ridden after dark to be equipped with front lights that are visible from 300 feet - and with good reason. Motorists do not always see bicyclists, especially at night. Recent research indicates that bicyclists think that motorists see them much sooner than they, in fact, do. In addition to reflective clothing and rear reflectors, front lights are crucial for night time crash avoidance. Get your light today from a bike shop near you.

Some material in this article is based on reports in I Bike Oakland, the twice-yearly newsletter of Oakland's Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Program, part of Oakland's Office of Public Works. Find copies and more information here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/EC/s/BicycleandPedestrianP...