Why Can't Alameda County Have a World-Class Bicycle Plan?

Alameda County is updating their Countywide Bicycle Plan and it needs a huge boost when it comes to setting goals for increasing bicycling in the county and for developing a robust implementation plan to achieve those goals. Comments on the Plan are due July 27, 2012 and your Bicycle Coalition is pushing to have the Plan significantly improved, even made ‘world-class.’ You can help.

Contact the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) and let them know you want ‘Measurable Goals’ in the Countywide Bicycle Plan. We are asking for the Alameda CTC to set goals of:

  • Bicycle mode share of 10% by 2020
  • Bicycle mode share of 15% in North County by 2020 and of 5% in the Central, South, and East County by 2020
  • 50% reduction is bike crashes by 2020
  • Adopt Alameda County Bikeway Design Guidelines by 2015
  • 50% of bikeways meeting design guidelines by 2020
  • Adequate bike parking at all major transit stations by 2020
  • Complete all major multiuse pathways by 2040 (Iron Horse Trail, Bay Trail, Ohlone Greenway, East Bay Greenway)
  • Others?

Are we being too ambitious? Here’s how we compare to other major American bike-friendly cities, as ranked by Bicycling Magazine 2012:

City Current bike commute mode share Future Goal
Portland bike mode share: 6.0% 2030 Goal: 25%
Minneapolis bike mode share: 3.5% 2020 Goal: __
Boulder bike mode share: 9.9% 2020 Goal: __
Washington bike mode share: 3.1% 2015 Goal: 5%
Chicago bike mode share: 1.3% 2015 Goal: 5%
Madison bike mode share: 6.0% 2020 Goal: 20%
New York City bike mode share: 0.8% 2020 Goal: 3%
San Francisco bike mode share: 3.5% 2020 Goal: 20%
Eugene bike mode share: 8.3% 2020 Goal: __
Seattle bike mode share: 3.6% 2017 Goal: 6%
Fort Collins bike mode share: 4.4% 2020 Goal: __
Tuscon bike mode share: 3% 2020 Goal: __
Austin bike mode share: 1.0% 2020 Goal: __
Denver bike mode share: 2.2% 2018 Goal: 10%
Boston bike mode share: 1.4% 2020 Goal: __
Philadelphia bike mode share: 1.8% 2020 Goal: __
Tempe bike mode share: 2.5% 2020 Goal: __
Long Beach bike mode share: 1.3% 2020 Goal: __
Albuquerque bike mode share: 1.4% 2020 Goal: __
Louisville bike mode share: 0.4% 2020 Goal: __

Los Angeles: bike mode share: 0.9% goal: 7% by 2030
Sacramento: bike mode share: 2.5% goal: 4% by 2035

Oakland: bike mode share: 1.8%
Berkeley: bike mode share: 8.0%
Alameda County: bike mode share: 1.5%

Copenhagen bike mode share: 30% 2020 Goal: 50%
Amsterdam bike mode share: 30% 2020 Goal:%
London bike mode share:% 2020 Goal:%
Stockholm bike mode share:% 2020 Goal:%