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Two new protected bike lanes are on the ground, helping to close the gap in the Berkeley biking network, and Bike East Bay members made it happen. New protected bike lanes close the gap on Hearst Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and Milvia Street thanks to a decade of advocacy work and pop-up bikeways staged by Bike East Bay members and volunteers. On Adeline Street, community input in the Adeline Corridor Plan gave overwhelming support to improved biking, and the protected bike lanes are on the ground today – nearly twenty years ahead of schedule – thanks to your support. 

These two projects share more than rad member support. Instead of building the bike lanes as a separate and time-intensive project, bike lanes were built into the repaving process: improving the street while it’s already being worked on. Particularly on Adeline Street, where the new bike lanes are here two decades ahead of schedule, it shows how quick, efficient, and cost-effective it can be to get better bike lanes on the ground while streets are already being repaved. It’s a milestone for Berkeley, and we’re ready for more.

Voters approved Berkeley Measure T1 in 2016, which funded the repaving of both streets. As soon as Hearst Ave. and Adeline St. were added to the repaving schedule, Bike East Bay pushed Berkeley Public Works to add protected bike lanes. We applaud Berkeley Public Works for working closely with us on the designs, which include nicely constructed bus boarding islands on Adeline for better bus service. Support better biking now and in the future. Become a member today.

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