SafeTREC has released the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Strategies for UC Berkeley Campus and Periphery, a report that suggests the start of a two-way cycle track around the UC Berkeley campus, amongst other good improvements for bicycling and walking. We think it is a good idea-in fact, we first suggested it!
Two-way cycle tracks (also known as protected bike lanes, separated bikeways, and on-street bike paths) are physically separated cycle tracks that allow bicycle movement in both directions on one side of the road-in this case the campus side of Oxford St and Bancroft Way. A two-way cycle track may be configured as a protected cycle track at street level with a parking lane or other barrier between the cycle track and the motor vehicle travel lane and/or as a raised cycle track to provide vertical separation from the adjacent motor vehicle lane.
The two-way cycle track proposed in the SafeTREC Report are for these segments around the periphery of campus:
- Oxford Street: from Bancroft Way to Hearst
- Bancroft Way: from Oxford up to Dana
- Bancroft Way: Telegraph Ave up to Barrows Lane
- Bancroft Way: Bowditch to the path between tennis courts and gymnasium
Parking can be maintained around the cycle track by removing a lane of traffic, which will also significantly increase pedestrian safety for people crossing the streets with a cycle track.
Acess on to and off of the two-way cycle track is designed at the intersections so that people riding can safely move to and from nearby bike lanes and the protected cycle track. For example, at Hearst & Oxford intersection, the two-way cycle track would start at the campus corner of this intersection, and a bike traffic signal could provide a protected phase for bike movements through the intersection, on to the new proposed bike lanes on Hearst Ave. At the intersection of Dana and Bancroft Way, a four-way stop controlled interesection would allow bicyclists to easily get on to and off of the cycle track.
Here is a map that shows the extent of what could be a first phase of a cycle track looping UC Berkeley campus. The cycle track segments shown connect with bikeways on Hearst Ave, Dana St, Telegraph Ave and Center St.
UC Berkeley SafeTrec Bike/Ped Safety Study for Campus Periphery twoWayCycleTrack.jpg peripheryBikewayPhase1.jpg campusCycleTrack.jpg
View UC Berkeley Campus Periphery Bikeway in a larger map