Ask for Protected Bikeways in San Leandro

With flat streets and access to the Bay Trail, San Leandro could be a great biking city—if it had a great network of protected bike lanes on busy streets. The latest draft of the San Leandro bike plan doesn’t come close. Please write San Leandro City Council today and ask for a network of protected bike lanes to increase safety and promote biking. Take action.

Last year, local residents asked for protected bikeways along major corridors, including Williams Street and Bancroft Avenue, that connect to schools and other popular destinations. However, the current plan relies on mostly outdated solutions and unprotected bike lanes, which do little to separate you from fast moving traffic.

As neighboring cities like Fremont, Pleasanton, Berkeley, and Oakland are developing strong visions for protected bikeway networks, San Leandro’s draft plan should do the same to link up these networks throughout the East Bay.

Write San Leandro City Council today and ask for a network of protected bike lanes to increase safety and promote biking. Public comment on the draft plan closes on January 19. Please act today by writing your council member (below) and signing up to receive action alerts about bike projects in San Leandro. 

You can email the Mayor and all Councilmembers at CityCouncil@SanLeandro.org or you can visit the City Council website to determine your district Councilmember to email specifically. Please cc Community Organizer Susie Hufstader, Susie@BikeEastBay.org, and San Leandro’s Transportation Director Keith Cooke, KCooke@SanLeandro.org.

Sample Letter

 

Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,

OR

Dear Councilmember ______________,

I am writing to ask for your support for a stronger San Leandro Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. While the current plan adds some traditional, unprotected bike lanes on high-traffic streets and intersections, these streets will still be too intimidating for families, youth, seniors, and new bike riders.The current draft of the plan  needs to be revised to set a vision for the future: a network of protected, low-stress bikeways that would significantly increase bicycling in San Leandro.

With flat streets and access to the Bay Trail, San Leandro could be a great biking city. Right now, heavy and high-speed traffic make it difficult to travel on a bike and on foot. In order to become a truly bike-friendly city, San Leandro needs a bike plan that sets a vision for an all ages and abilities bikeway network.

The current draft has some good bikeway recommendations in the Washington Manor area, and needs more in the rest of the city. As neighboring cities like Fremont, Pleasanton, Berkeley, and Oakland are developing strong visions for protected bikeway networks, San Leandro’s draft plan should do the same to link up these networks throughout the East Bay.

Thank you for your support and your hard work to make San Leandro a bike-friendly, healthy, and sustainable community. I’m looking forward to seeing the next draft of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]