Alameda County

Eleven East Bay Schools Ready to Build $5.7 Million in Safe Routes to School Projects

Eleven East Bay Schools Ready to Build $5.7 Million in Safe Routes to School Projects

We are happy to report that the California Department of Transportation has awarded 11 Safe Routes to School grants to schools in the East Bay. Is your kid’s school on the list below? A total of $5.7 million in funds have been awarded in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. These projects include new bikeways on Farm Bureau Rd in Concord, Canal Rd in Pittsburg and Blacow Rd in Fremont. Alameda County schools in particular did well to receive so many grants, which is a testimony to the great work of Transform, Cycles of Change, and our supportive local cities and their staff to get more kids walking and bicycling to school. Good habits start early! On Bike to School Day this past May, bicycling rates to many schools tripled, and the numbers are only growing. It’s is great to see cities working hard to keep up with this surging demand. It is also encouraging to know that thanks to our successful advocacy work, the regional Safe Routes to School Program is intact and fully funded for the next 4 years. We are also working to ensure that the State does not take any of these monies in the future for other roadway projects. Your help may be needed for this. Stay tuned.

Time to Make Bus Rapid Transit Bike-Friendly Transit

Time to Make Bus Rapid Transit Bike-Friendly Transit

Help make Bus Rapid Transit bike-friendly rapid transit by attending a November workshop to see the latest designs for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations, maps showing dedicated bus lanes and bike lanes, bike parking at stations and designs for the interior bus cars with bike racks.

Upcoming Community Meetings:

  • Wednesday, Nov 7, 6:00-8:00pm Lincoln Recreation Center, 250 10th Street, Oakland
  • Thursday, Nov 8, 6:00-8:00pm San Leandro City Hall South Offices, 835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro
  • Tuesday, Nov 13, 6:00-8:00pm St. Anthony’s School, 1535 16th Ave, Club Room, Oakland
  • Thursday, Nov 15, 6:00-8:00pm Rainbow Recreation Center, 5800 International Blvd, Oakland
  • Saturday, Nov 17, 11:30am-1:30pm 81st Avenue Library, 1021 81st Ave, Oakland

This is the best opportunity for you to make sure the new Bus Rapid Transit system in Oakland and San Leandro works for you and your bike. See you there! For more information, visit or call 510.891.7175 or email

Why Can't Alameda County Have a World-Class Bicycle Plan?

Alameda County is updating their Countywide Bicycle Plan and it needs a huge boost when it comes to setting goals for increasing bicycling in the county and for developing a robust implementation plan to achieve those goals. Comments on the Plan are due July 27, 2012 and your Bicycle Coalition is pushing to have the Plan significantly improved, even made ‘world-class.’ You can help.

Contact the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) and let them know you want ‘Measurable Goals’ in the Countywide Bicycle Plan. We are asking for the Alameda CTC to set goals of:

    Bike Counts up 27% Last Year; 75% in Last 10 Years

    Alameda County’s first ever substantive evaluation of bike count data has been released and the numbers are super-encouraging. The Alameda CTC has conducted bike counts since 2002 at locations throughout the County, in order to see countywide trends in bicycling (and walking). Here are some highlights:

    Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride

    July 15, 2012 -
    10:30am to 1:00pm

    Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride
    Get GEARED UP! Helmets, Bikes, Bells!

    Sunday, July 15th
    Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

    Meet at playground
    (Ygnacio Valley & N San Carlos)

    Ready to heat things up?

    This month's route will be about 5 1/4 miles long and take us along a
    few of the bike paths of Contra Costa county. Bring along snacks to
    share at our mid-route stop, and, or course, we'll have tunes to pedal
    to all throughout the ride!

    Helmets required for kids.

    Be sure to pack snacks, water, and sunscreen!

    Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride

    June 10, 2012 -
    10:30am to 1:00pm

    Get GEARED UP! Helmets, Bikes, Bells!

    Sunday, June 10th
    Memorial Park, Albany

    Meet at playground (Portland and Carmel)

    This month's route will be about 5 1/4 miles long and take us through both Albany and north Berkeley. There will be a few short, but steep hills, so eat a good breakfast. No riders left behind. :) Bring along snacks to share at our mid-route stop, and, or course, we'll have tunes to pedal to all throughout the ride!

    Ride ends at Aquatic Center if anyone's interested in swimming.

    Helmets required for kids.

    Tell the Story of Your Bikeway

    We are busy planning for a major Fall campaign to gain voter approval for the reauthorization of the Alameda County Transportation Sales Tax and the billion dollars it includes for new bike/ped projects. What better way to do this than to learn more about those who are enjoying bike projects already funded by this transportation sales tax–you!

    Hayward Mission Blvd poor pavement quality

    Assigned to:Unassigned
    Created:Michael Graff at May 11, 2012 - 11:14am
    Status: (Class III (no special facility) / Priority minor)
    Case ID:: -9756




    pothole or pavement cracks
    debris in shoulder
    hazardous drainage grate


    This is the project that's rebuilding Mission Blvd (CA 238) through Hayward, funded by Alameda County sales taxes: For bike-to-work-day, I rode home south along Mission Blvd from Foothill to Decoto. Most of Mission Blvd through Hayward now has decent shoulders, only rarely usurped for parking, so there was mostly no need to control the #2 lane on my bike. But the pavement quality in Hayward is horrible. The median with the trees is starting to look nice, though. I was just surprised that the asphalt is in such poor shape, considering how much paving has been going on through Hayward with this project. Starting around Union City, there's a wonderfully smooth, quiet, fresh paving job. I sure hope Hayward gets the same pavement quality soon. Maybe in time for BTWD 2013?


    Linus black cruiser with Brooks saddle and handlebars


    Inside a shop on 26th street, Oakland


    Electra 2010 Townie


    Russell St. off Telegraph at my house



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