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Thanks for your support in 2009–Get ready for our biggest year yet in 2010

Thanks for your support in 2009–Get ready for our biggest year yet in 2010


The East Bay Bicycle Coalition thanks all of our members, supporters, sponsors and business partners for working with us in 2009 to make the East Bay more bicycle friendly. Bicycling sure increased in a big way this past year and we of course have even bigger plans for 2010.

You can make a year-end donation or give the gift of membership to support our efforts at www.ebbc.org/donate. We also thank everyone who rides, who build bikes, who fix bikes, who maintain bikes, and heck we even thank motorists for slowing down and watching for bicyclists.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays.

Dave Campbell
Program Director
East Bay Bicycle Coalition

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Pot hole at corner of Newell and Lilac (south of Walnut Creek)

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:prathmann at December 20, 2009 - 6:02pm
Status: (other / Priority minor)
Case ID:: -4794

direction

eastbound

type

pothole or pavement cracks

description

The pot hole is at the southwest corner of the intersection of Lilac and Newell along a popular bicycling route that bypasses busy parts of Walnut Creek. Now that the rainy season has arrived, the depth of the hole is frequently hidden by standing water making it more hazardous.

Jurisdiction

EBMUD Water Hole Cap Missing, San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at December 3, 2009 - 4:09pm
Status:Resolved (Class III (no special facility) / Priority major)
Case ID:: -4741

direction

eastbound

type

other

description

An EBMUD Water Pipe is missing its cap in the right eastbound lane of San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante, opposite the building with address of 3345 San Pablo Dam Rd. Bicyclist's wheel could become caught and a fall could result. Photos are available upon request. Please contact: Derek Liecty, Member EBBC spoker@sbcglobal.net and advise how photos might be sent.

Jurisdiction

The road has corroded away leaving major pot holes.

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:g.fizzles at October 20, 2009 - 3:52pm
Status: (Class II (bike lane) / Priority major)
Case ID:: -4442

direction

northbound

type

pothole or pavement cracks
bike ways (paths, lanes, routes) not clearly marked

description

The road has fallen apart leaving major pot holes that could be fatal to a bicycle. Also there is no clear bike land there.

Jurisdiction

Carquinez Benicia Grand Scenic Cycle Loop

Carquinez Benicia Grand Scenic Cycle Loop

The August 2009 opening of a new bike path has opened an excellent bridge-to-bridge recreational loop ride over the Benicia–Martinez and Carquinez Bridges. The basic route is 25 miles, accessible by public transit, quite scenic, and consisting almost entirely of pleasant to ride roads. The route has restrooms and water, and at least three good cities to purchase lunch in.

Benicia-Martinez Bridge Path Dedication

August 29, 2009 - 8:30am

Bike/Ped Path located on west side of older (1962) bridge

Be one of the first to walk or bike across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

On Saturday, August 29, the new pedestrian/bicycle path on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge will officially open, and the public is invited to join the celebration. The event will begin at 8:30am with a ribbon-cutting in Martinez, followed by the main opening ceremony and a bicycle rodeo in Benicia. Coffee, pastries and possibly even a momento will be provided. Please download the invitation and detailed approach maps from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Note that return trips from Benicia may have to await the main ceremony.

DIRECTIONS - Join the ride!

TO THE BRIDGE - Join the Grizzly Peak Cyclists (GPC) for a short ride from North Concord BART to Martinez. Meet at the BART station at 9:00 and roll out at 9:15. Although we will miss the opening ceremony, we will still be among the first to ride over the bridge to Benicia. The route continues to Benicia and Vallejo, and returns to the East Bay via the Zampa Bridge path (Details: GPC Rides). In case you miss the group, you can also consult EBBC’s Map 2: East of the Hills for route options between N Concord BART and Martinez. There will be a picnic at Benicia State Recreation Area, located between Benicia and Vallejo. Bring your food with you or buy some along the way. For more info contact Phil Morton (pmorton AT lmi DOT net).

Another option is to take your bicycle on-board the Amtrak Capitol #720 arriving at 8:09am in Martinez (MTZ) and then pedal 1-mile east on Marina Vista to the signed bridge path to Benicia.

Transbay Bicycle Options During a BART Strike

Transbay Bicycle Options During a BART Strike

Information current as of 7:10pm on 8/16/09
According to BART The strike has been called off. There will be normal service on 8/17.

Information current as of 7:30pm on 8/13/09
In the event of a BART strike, what are the transbay travel options for bicyclists?

Benecia Bridge Bike Path

Benecia Bridge Bike Path

On Saturday, July 25, I took some photos while crossing the Benecia Bridge on the new bike/ped path.

EBBC Pushes to Reform CEQA Transportation Guidelines - UPDATES

EBBC Pushes to Reform CEQA Transportation Guidelines - UPDATES


February 16, 2010 Update:
The Office of Administrative Law filed the Guideline Amendments with the Secretary of State. The Amendments become effective on March 18, 2010. The text of the adopted Amendments and other rulemaking documents are available on the web at Natural Resources Agency

It’s official, the CEQA Transportation Guideline amendments we fought for over the past two years have been adopted by the State of California. In order to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, existing bicycle plans and access must be considered in any development proposal that goes through an Environmental Impact Review in California. An excerpt of changes to section XVI. Transportation/Traffic was published in rideOn, January 2010 on page 4.

Among the EBBC members I wish to thank are thank are Jason Patton, Michelle DeRobertis, and Dave Campbell who participated in a panel discussion on CEQA during the 2008 TransForm summit. Thanks to TransForm for responding to our appeal to publically expose the inadequacies of CEQA. And finally, Dave was at his legal best when we testified before the CEQA rulemaking committee in Sacramento last August 18. He noted that addressing “roadway capacity in EIRs is a stumbling block, we need to focus on access and safety.”

-Robert Raburn, Executive Director

December 30, 2009 Update:
The Secretary for Natural Resources adopted Amendments to the CEQA Guidelines addressing greenhouse gas emissions.

October 23, 2009 Update:
Good news! The CA Resources Agency released the draft amendments to CEQA reflecting the input of EBBC and others. Read Matthew Roth’s report on Streetsblog and additional reaction from EBBC leaders in the November issue of rideOn.

August 27, 2009 Update:
EBBC attended an August 18 public hearing at the Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento and requested the Agency to include safe bicycle and pedestrian access into CEQA law. EBBC was joined by Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Matt Vander Sluis of the Planning and Conservation League, asking that roadway capacity be removed from CEQA law and replaced with vehicle miles traveled (or auto trips generated). Following the meeting, EBBC submitted formal written comments, and worked with the City of Oakland and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency to see that these local agencies submitted constructive comments as well. These comments are under consideration by the Natural Resources Agency. We will provide additional details once the Agency responds.

Read our July 23 Letter to the CMA Board. At the July 23 CMA Board Meeting, the Board gave staff direction to work with EBBC to revise the language of the guidelines, and to take a look at the County’s Congestion Management Program and make it consistent with the Alameda Couuntywide Bicycle Plan and the goal of prioritizing safe bike access to transit.

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