Protected bikeways are popping up all over the East Bay these days, with over 60 installed to date and even more on the way! A few of the latest include facilities in Pleasanton and Concord, the first protected bikeways for these cities.
West Las Positas Blvd in Pleasanton
In 2022 we and our partners with Bike Pleasanton helped win approval at City Council for both a quick-build post-protected bikeway on a half mile of West Las Positas Blvd from Hopyard Rd to Hacienda Dr, as well as a follow up full-build concrete-protected bikeway over 2 miles “once funding is available”. The good news is that the quick-build bikeway has already been delivered less than a year later (photos below), plus another bonus 0.3 mile segment west of Hopyard. The even better news is that the full-build has now won $9 Million in Alameda County Measure BB funding to proceed to construction next!
Stoneridge Dr in Pleasanton
New bike lanes are great, and new surprise, protected bike lanes are even better! This one wasn’t even in the city’s bike plan but Pleasanton staff still took it upon themselves to proactively add 1.2 miles of painted buffer and flex posts to the Stoneridge Drive bikeway from Rheem Drive to Trevor Parkway, also narrowing the car travel lanes in the process to help deter speeding.
Grant Street in Concord
As part of a larger bikeway project on Grant Street from Concord BART north to the Hwy 242 interchange (still under construction), Concord designed a few protected bikeway segments to connect various segments. This includes a short 2-way post-protected cycletrack north of Mt Diablo High School to help users get to and from the neighborhood bikeway segment, and a short counter-flow parking protected bikeway to allow bike riders to proceed safely on an otherwise one-way block of Grant next to Todos Santos Plaza.
We applaud Concord on these small but significant protected bikeway segments, which are a first for the city, and we look forward to working together on implementation of the even larger Willow Pass Road and Pine Hollow Road protected bikeways coming next! Join the Bike Concord group for ways to get involved in these and other projects and events.