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Gearing up for Hayward’s Bicycle Plan Update

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: July 22, 2015

Hayward’s last Bike Master Plan update was in 2007. Since then, some bike lanes have been added to streets and bike accessibility has somewhat improved. Now in 2015, however, Hayward is updating the bike plan once again. As Bike East Bay, we would like to request some changes to exponentially improve biking in Hayward. We want people’s opinion on what to request to be changed. To do so, we have created a survey that you can take in order for us to know what changes we can request to the city of Hayward. Some of the streets we have proposed be changed, in our survey include: Jackson St, Hesperian Blvd, Industrial Pkwy, Winton Ave etc.  Once again, we hope you have time to take our survey to improve Hayward’s bike accessibility.

Take Our Hayward Bike Survey

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Potential Bikeway Design Options for Key Streets

  1. Patrick Ave. is a street that is roughly 6 lanes wide. We measured the side of Patrick that is intersected by Tampa Ave. To improve biking and also traffic flow, we have replaced one of the one-way lanes with a center turn lane for both sides of the street to use. We have also created a class 4 bikeway which basically is a bikeway that is physically separated from the street by a small barrier and we also added a shared lane which bikes and cars have to share, opposite of that.

2) The next street we have redesigned is Huntwood Ave. We measured it at Industrial Pkwy. It has space for 5, roughly, 10 foot lanes. In order to improve its bike lanes, we added a shared, center turn lane and class 4 bikeways on either side making it safer for cyclists.

3) Next, we tried to improve Hesperian Blvd. At La Playa Rd., Hesperian has 8 lanes a with a huge buffer in between both sides of the street. In order to improve it, we removed the buffer and fused both turning lanes making them into one, shared turning lane. We also added two class 4 bikeways on both of its sides.

4) After that, we decided to take a look at Mission Blvd. seeing as how it’s such a major street. It is on the East side of Hayward and feeds off to many main streets. Mission is a 9 lane street with a buffer in between both of its sides. To make it better, we removed the buffer and added a class 4 bikeway to both sides of it.

5) Up next is Jackson St. We measured it at Cypress ave. It runs along the middle of Hayward and is very busy streets because of the freeway at one end and Mission on the other. It is a 7 lane street with a buffer that separates both of its sides. In order to improve bike accessibility, we shortened the buffer so it could accommodate 2 protected bikeways on either side.

6) The next street we decided to look at was industrial Pkwy. We measured it at Ruus Rd. Similar to Jackson, it connects to the freeway and Mission. It is an 8 lane street with a ridiculously big buffer in the middle. In order to make it better, we removed a traffic lane and shortened the buffer to make room for two class 4 bikeways.

7) Next we choose Gading Rd. Although it is not as transited at Industrial or Hesperian, it is a very important street for cyclists because it leads to main streets like Tennyson Rd. or Huntwood Ave. We measured it at Shafer Rd. It is a 7 lane street. To make it better, we removed a lane to make space for class four bikeways that are protected by parking lanes.

8) Lastly, we chose Tennyson Rd. to try and improve. Tennyson is a highly important because it is like a tree trunk that branches out to the rest of Hayward. It connects to a lot of major streets and a lot of residential areas. We measured it at Tampa Ave.It has 5 lanes 2 bike lanes. In order to make it better, we decided to shorten the lanes a bit to make space for barriers to protect the bike lanes and make them into class 4 bikeways.

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