Richmond City Council Bicycle Safety Study Session

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

UPDATE: We just learned that our item on the city council agenda has been moved back to 8:30pm, so unless you just really like council meetings there’s no need to show up until about then.***

 

On Tuesday, January 28th the Richmond BPAC and EBBC will be bringing a bicycle safety study session to City Council. If you live and/or bike in Richmond, please join us at this meeting to support greater funding for bikeways and more car-to-bike-lane conversion projects like the ones recently completed on S 23rd Street and Barrett Ave. We will also be getting the word out about our 2014 series of free bicycle education classes and rec rides in Richmond, funded by Kaiser Permanente.

Where: 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond (near the Richmond Auditorium, City Hall, and Richmond Main Branch of the Library). The chambers are in the former Hall of Justice building.

In addition, the Richmond BPAC will be presenting to City Council their 2014 implementation recommendations for the Bicycle Master Plan. If you are unable to attend, please call or email your councilmember ahead of the meeting endorsing the BPAC’s recommendations and asking them to support these projects. Click here for councilmember contact information. The letter is copied below for your convenience. 

January 14, 2014  

 
Honorable Mayor and Members of the Richmond City Council
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94801  
 
Dear Mayor and Council Members,   
 
The Richmond Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) appreciates the opportunity to provide recommendations on the ongoing implementation of the City’s General Plan, Bicycle Master Plan and Pedestrian Plan, which all comply with state-mandated Complete Streets legislation.  The BPAC worked closely with the City to prepare the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans and  has enjoyed a strong working relationship with City staff in the two years since the Plans were adopted.  We particularly thank Patrick Phelan, Engineering Division, who is the liaison between the City and the BPAC.  
 
The City has made good progress on constructing bicycle and pedestrian improvements on several local streets; most notably the recent street improvements, bicycle lane striping, and pedestrian improvements along South 23rd Street, Barrett Avenue, and Cutting Boulevard.  In addition, bicycle and pedestrian policy has been included in several important planning processes; the Richmond South Shoreline Specific Plan, NURVE-related planning along Cutting Boulevard, and the Livable Corridors zoning code update.   
 
We are happy to have played a role in supporting these projects and assisting City staff to acquire funds for them. While we celebrate the City’s accomplishments, we are also aware of many needs to be met. These are outlined below, as Personnel, Projects, Policy, and Programs. When implemented, these will have major benefits for bicyclists and pedestrians, including:  
  • Greater access to goods and services within central Richmond
  • Improved connections between downtown, Civic Center, and other parts of Richmond
  • Access to and from neighboring communities and regional destinations such as the Bay Trail  

PERSONNEL: HUMAN RESOURCES TO BUILD CITY CAPACITY FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS  

  1. Identify or hire staff person to act as full-time Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator to coordinate internal bicycle and pedestrian efforts, maximize outside funding, prepare program policy documents and provide liaison community groups.  
  2. As resources become available, increase City’s traffic engineering capacity by hiring a trained traffic engineer or contracting with a firm to provide services as needed.  

A. PROJECTS: STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS NEEDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The Richmond BPAC prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle projects in central Richmond. We believe that projects in these areas will contribute most fully to the local transportation system and the development of Richmond as a community.   
  1. Harbour Way: Complete bicycle and pedestrian improvements from the Craneway Pavilion to Pennsylvania  Avenue per Pedestrian Plan (p.51)and  Bicycle Master Plan (p 123-28) recommendations  
  2. Carlson Blvd: Complete bicycle lane striping the length of the street, from Broadway/23rd Street to the intersection with I-80.  
  3. Cutting Boulevard: Review options and create design for entire street, from San Pablo Ave to Hoffman Blvd per Pedestrian Plan (pp 61-70, A-22) and Bicycle Master Plan (pp 123) concepts. Longer term: Install pedestrian and bicycle improvements per selected design.  
  4. Nevin Avenue: Finish streetscape improvements between Civic Center and the BART Station.  
  5. Greenway Gap Closure: Design, construct and install signage for on-street bicycle and pedestrian route around S. 23rd St., railroad tracks, and Carlson Blvd, creating an east-west connection and access from north and south. Per Pedestrian Plan (p. 89) and Bicycle Master (p 66, diagram).   
  6. Richmond Greenway: Construct 1/8 mile bicycle and pedestrian spur from Macdonald Avenue to the Greenway, behind Target, per Bicycle Master Plan (p 130) and Pedestrian Plan (p 95).  
  7. 16th Street: Design and construct pedestrian improvements and Class III bicycle route on from the BART station to the Richmond Greenway per Pedestrian Plan (p 93) and Bicycle Master Plan (p.128).  
  8. Marina Way: Install bicycle lane striping from Ohio Avenue to Wright Avenue.   

B. PROGRAMS: NON-CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT WALKING AND BICYCLING.   

  1. Fully establish and fund a bicycle parking program based on pilot bicycle rack and bicycle corral programs currently being established. Per Bicycle Master Plan, Appendix B (p 175).  
  2. Plan and initiate directional signage program that guides walkers and bicyclists along key routes and to important destinations. Potential pilot for signage program could be the on-street East/West Greenway Connection mentioned above, or the Greenway as a whole.  
  3. Conduct bicycle and pedestrian safety education; collaborate with others doing this work. Include laws, safety behavior, street design, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans goals. Potential partners include Rich City Rides, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and Contra Costa Health Services.  

C. POLICIES: ORDINANCES AND INTERNAL POLICIES THAT SUPPORT WALKING AND BICYCLING  

  1. Develop and adopt Complete Streets Policy to ensure that roadway design is constructed with all users in mind and that all relevant departments comply with complete streets practices: include multi-modal level of service and engineering standards  per Pedestrian Plan (p A-20).  
 
Once again, congratulations on all the progress and thank you for the opportunity to recommend further pedestrian and bicycle improvements. We look forward to ongoing collaboration on these important issues.  
 
Best Regards,  
Nancy Baer, Chair