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People-First San Pablo Avenue

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: April 16, 2019

Updated: June 7, 2019

April 16, 2019

County planners are in the early stages of redesigning San Pablo Avenue and while they are committed to transit improvements, they question the need to walk or bike this street. People walking and biking account for over two-thirds of all fatal and severe injury collisions on San Pablo Avenue. We need protected bike lanes, bus-only lanes, and safe crossings for people walking and biking.

Make your voice heard:

  • Email: [email protected] and let Alameda CTC know that San Pablo Avenue needs:

    • Protected bike lanes the whole way
    • Bus only lanes the whole way
    • Safest pedestrian crossings
  • Fill out this survey on potential designs
  • Subscribe for updates on this campaign from Bike East Bay

Current design concepts route people bicycling onto side streets such as Horton Street and Lowell Street, prioritizing medians and on-street parking over your safety on San Pablo Avenue. Meanwhile, on-street parking is less than 50% utilized on average. Where bike lanes are proposed for short stretches of San Pablo Avenue, they start and stop to make room for right turning cars. At 73 feet wide, there is plenty of room for bus and bike lanes on San Pablo. In fact, Alameda CTC’s own Countywide Multimodal Arterial Plan prioritizes buses and bikes over on-street parking and medians. Make your voice heard now.

San Pablo Avenue has many different neighborhoods along its nearly 20 mile length between Downtown Oakland and Hilltop Mall in Richmond. One street design does not address the needs of each neighborhood. Emeryville’s section of San Pablo Avenue has become a shopping destination, while on the other side of the freeway the West Oakland section of San Pablo Avenue struggles to generate new businesses and has many homeless encampments. It’s time to make this street one that’s designed for people. 

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