Progress! Berkeley Transportation Commission Backs Hearst Avenue Bikeway Project

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Thanks to one of the largest showings of our members and supporters seen in years, the proposed new bike lanes and road diet on Hearst Avenue received strong backing from the Berkeley Transportation Commission at Thursday’s meeting. 31 supportive EBBC members and volunteers, local residents, and staff and students of UC Berkeley in attendance all supported the project and want to see it implemented as soon as possible. So do we! And so do hundreds of other concerned people who signed our petition and sent emails to the City in support. Thanks everyone for rallying around this great project.

Next, the lead design firm of Fehr & Peers will finalize the traffic analysis and prepare the project for final approval by City Council, which we hope will occur in early 2013. The timing is good as Berkeley will soon be discussing which projects to fund for the One Bay Area Grant Program, and this project would be perfect. In addition, when voters approve Measure B this November 6, there will be sufficient money to fully implement the project. So, remind your friends who ride to vote for Measure B if they want to see more green bike lanes and advance stop boxes like the ones part of the Hearst Avenue Bikeway.

We live-streamed the Transportation Commission Mtg at www.qik.com/ebbc

You can still send an email of support directly to Eric Anderson, City of Berkeley Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner.

And you can Sign up on our Hearst Avenue Bikeway Mailing List to keep updated.

The Hearst Avenue Bikeway Project is a proposal to do a road diet on Hearst Avenue and install many much-needed bike and pedestrian improvements. Staff are proposing to reduce the road from 4 lanes to 2 lanes, install bike lanes, install a center median to help pedestrian crossing, redo the intersection of Hearst at Arch/LeConte, install Berkeley’s first buffered bike lane, add green bike bikeway features including advance stop boxes, and more.

We will need your continued support to convince the City to finally make Hearst Avenue a safe street to walk across and a safe street to bike on. See you there.

The City of Berkeley is working with UC Berkeley on many exciting bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Hearst Avenue, between Shattuck Ave and Gayley Road, the entire north side of campus. Most exciting is a road diet, bringing Hearst down from 4 lanes in each direction to 2 lanes with bike lanes and a center median. A road diet not only makes pedestrian crossings much safer and allows space for bike lanes, it also improves traffic flow significantly. Advocates will also get green bike lanes and advance stop boxes at the intersection of Hearst and Oxford, and possibly at the intersection with Le Conte. East of Le Conte, a separated buffered bike lane and a new sidewalk is proposed, up to Euclid and North Gate. In the downhill direction, green-backed bike sharrows are proposed in a shared lane arrangement, which should be sufficient given the downhill on this stretch of Hearst.

More information on the Hearst Avenue Corridor Project.
Background information on Hearst Avenue Bike Lanes.

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