San Pablo Ave. & MacDonald Ave.

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:bwmorris at February 15, 2008 - 11:27am
Status: (Class III (no special facility) / Priority minor)
Case ID:: -1493




traffic signal not triggered by bicycle


The left turn signal, going from San Pablo Ave. (northbound) to MacDonald Ave. (westbound), is not triggered by bicycle. I have indicated Caltrans as the jurisdiction because Melanie Mintz wrote that San Pablo Ave. is a state highway; "Depending on where they select to place the rack, they may also need a permit from Caltrans, as San Pablo is a state highway." (11/29/05, <>)


Caltrans District 4 BAC

Quarterly meeting with Caltrans staff to discuss bicycle access and safety issues and review plans. District 4 covers the 9-county Bay Area region.

WHERE: Caltrans District 4 Headquarters, 111 Grand Ave, Oakland. Please sign-in at desk.

FINAL AGENDA (see attachment for complete agenda):

    Item: 1. What type of role will Caltrans District 4 Local Assistance play regarding MTC’s Routine Accommodation Checklist, Federal/State Funds, (Safe Routes to School/Bicycle Transportation Account) and NEPA.

I-80 San Pablo Dam Road Interchange Project (AKA "I-80 Bikeway)

The signed I-80 Bikeway extends from near El Cerrito del Norte BART to Rodeo. However, there is no legal way for southbound bicyclists to make a left turn from San Pablo Dam Rd onto Amador Street. For over a decade EBBC members have spoken out in support of improving this critical gap. Now you can share your opinions on the proposed improvement plans!

WHERE: San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave

MTC Regional Pedestrian & Bicycle Training Workshop

[G2:952 size=50 class=left]Encourage your local transportation planners and engineers to register now! Three earlier workshops received tremendous acclaim, but many cities and agencies were absent. [G2:965 size=50 class=left]The interactive workshop, conducted by Fehr & Peers and Eisen | Letunic, is aimed at providing the latest bicycle & pedestrian design tools to practicing transportation and urban planning & design professionals.

California Bicycle Advisory Committee

California Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
October 4, 2007 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Room 2116, Second Floor
Dept of Transportation Building
1120 N Street, Sacramento
Phone bridge number: 1-517-966-0134 (email for required participant code)


  • Challenges of side-path intersection design - Bob Shanteau, Consulting Traffic Engineer
  • California High Speed Rail Authority - Dan Gallagher
  • Strategic highway safety implementation plan - Ken McGuire/Jim Baross

Caldecott 4th Bore Notice of Determination

[g2:894 class="right"]Caltrans has released the Environmental Impact Report for the Caldecott 4th Bore project. As feared, the agency has dismissed concerns of traffic impacts to local streets in Berkeley and North Oakland.

Mountain Blvd between Ascot Drive and Freeway On/Off Ramp

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Rick Rickard at September 20, 2007 - 10:29am
Status: (Class III (no special facility) / Priority major)
Case ID:: -927


pothole or pavement cracks




This stretch of Mountain Blvd has a number of serious cracks and patches that force a bicyclist to take the lane when descending from Ascot toward the freeway ramps. Because of the random arrangement of the hazards, the bicyclist must also swerve left and right within the lane to minimize risk, often in front of a fast moving vehicle. Because of the fast-moving traffic through this stretch, it is particularly difficult for a bicyclist to slow and take the lane without appearing to be blocking the roadway. I am aware of one crash that occurred recently in this stretch; there is potential for future crashes.


Tracking/Incident Number


Phil Frank, 1943-2007

Sad news to report. Phil Frank, author of Farley comic strip has passed away. Farley ran in the Chronicle for 32 years.

Phil was a great supporter of bicyclists, and ran some hilarious episodes back in 1997 when the EBBC was fighting for bike access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. He granted EBBC permission to reprint these episodes- click read more to view:

Alameda tube

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at August 30, 2007 - 10:15am
Status:New (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority major)
Case ID:: -859




pothole or pavement cracks
insufficient shoulder width
overgrowth interfering with line of sight
bike ways (paths, lanes, routes) not clearly marked


The Alameda tube is a death trap for cyclists. The bi-directional walkway/bicycle path in the east bound tube is of insufficient width to safely operate one bicycle let alone bicycle traffic running in both directions. The tube curves creating a poor sight line. The fence has numerous vertical tubes which could snag a bicycle handlebar and cause a crash. There is a groove running down the middle of the walkway which could cause a narrow bike tyre to get diverted causing a crash. At the very least Caltrans should open up the walkway in the westbound tube to cyclists so cyclists going westbound can use the westbound tube and only cyclists going eastbound use the eastbound tube to reduce the very serious hazard of head on collisions between bicycles. The fence should be replaced with a continuous type that doesn't present vertical tubes which could snag handlebars. The surface of the path should be paved smooth. Adequate signage is needed dircting cyclists to the appropriate paths. Alternatively bicycles could be allowed to use the roadway.


Bicycle access through Skyline connection has been restricted

280 bicycle freeway access between Trousdale and Millbrae Ave
Submitted by delnagro on August 29, 2007 - 2:04pm.


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