AC Transit agrees with your East Bay Bicycle Coalition that bike lanes behind bus bulbs are a good thing. They eliminate the decision a bus driver needs to make to pull around you or behind you approaching a bus stop. They also give you a safe way to pass the bus while it is stopped.
We are pushing for this bike safety improvement as part of a $10 million service upgrade for the Line 51A/51B in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda. AC Transit thinks it’s a good idea. But Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda need to agree.
Bus bulbs avoid the need for buses to pull out of and back into traffic, which is a major cause of bus delays. They also help to keep the bus more level so you don’t spill your coffee while onboard. Seattle is taking the lead on bike lanes behind bus bulbs, as shown in the photo. The bike lane will be designed and marked for pedestrian crossings and the bus bulb and sidewalks will include curb cuts for good ADA access.
What you can do:
In coordination with the Cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda invites the public to a community meeting on:
- Berkeley Transportation Commission, Thursday October 17, 7:00-9:00pm, North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
This Thursday, the Berkeley Transportation Commission makes a key decision on what your bike lanes on Tunnel Road are going to look like, and we need you there to make sure the bike lane is continuous in the uphill direction. While neighborhood residents are being cooperative in trying to work out a solution, we still have a lot of work to final a continuous bike lane design. The Berkeley Transportation Commission also takes up the issue of placing bike lanes behind bus bulbs. So, you are getting a 2 for 1 deal this Thursday. Join us! Tunnel Road Bike Lanes Key Mtg at:
Berkeley Transportation Commission:
October 17, 7:00-9:00pm
N. Berkeley Senior Center
Hearst & MLK Jr Way
This meeting will also be to discuss other improvements to the Line 51A/51B, one of the most heavily used bus routes in the East Bay, carrying a combined 19,000 passengers a day to Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. Service has been unreliable due to bus bunching, late vehicle arrivals and overcrowded buses. AC Transit has received a $10 million grant to design and implement infrastructure modifications along the route that would increase reliability and on-time performance, decrease travel time, and improve safety for AC Transit riders and pedestrians. For more information on proposed improvements for Line 51 bus corridor, click here.
El Cerrito also proposing bike lanes behind bus bulbs
As part of its San Pablo Ave ‘Complete Streets’ Plan, El Cerrito is proposing bike lanes behind bus bulbs, and protected bike lanes, along San Pablo Avenue between the two BART stations in El Cerrito. It’s a great plan and you can learn more at an upcoming open house on
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Open House: 9am – 1pm
Presentations at 9:00 am and repeated at 11:00am
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane
EBBC to train AC Transit Drivers
EBBC is also partnering with AC Transit to train bus drivers on safe bus/bike interactions. We are hosting an open house in November at AC Transit’s Hayward training center to explore the bus/bike safety conflicts that we will integrate into a long-term training program for AC Transit drivers. We are including safety instructor Bert Hill of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, who designed the SF Muni bike safety program.