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Take Action to Keep Fremont’s Bike Program Going Strong

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: November 5, 2019

Note: Dolan Law Firm occasionally sponsors stories on Bike East Bay. Unless noted in the story, Dolan Law Firm is not consulted for the content or editorial direction of the sponsored content.

Over the past five years, the City of Fremont has become one of the East Bay’s leaders in bike infrastructure and active transportation. With a strong Vision Zero policy and a progressive Bicycle Master Plan, Fremont is working hard to implement a network of protected bikeways along with safe and complete streets improvements. Just this year, Fremont cut the ribbon on a new raised bike lane and protected intersection leading to the BART station, rolled out a bike share system, and earned recognition as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Plus, a state-of-the-art raised and protected bike lane is under construction on Walnut Avenue and is slated to open by the end of the year.

Despite the excellent progress of Fremont’s Vision Zero and bicycle programs, some neighbors don’t agree with the importance of rapid bikeway implementation and are pushing back. City staff are doing an excellent job designing protected bike lanes with almost no impact to vehicle traffic, but some drivers still don’t like the changes. They are letting City Council know how they feel and have already postponed a safe and complete street project. Fremont City Council needs to hear your support for protected bike lane projects and the Vision Zero program.

Please write to City Council now to show your support for the continued implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan, and speak up at the December 3 City Council meeting. Share a personal story about your experiences biking in Fremont or use these talking points:

  • Thank you to Fremont City Council and staff for developing the East Bay’s first Vision Zero Action Plan and following up by building an impressive initial network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 

  • Excellent bike lane projects have made Fremont a better place to bike, but there is still a lot of work to do. We have already had several serious bike crashes this year, including a fatality. Please support staff in continued, rapid implementation of the Bike Master Plan.

  • It is vital to continue rapid implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan, which is also supported by the recently approved Mobility Action Plan. Vision Zero projects will save lives and prevent major injuries.

  • Safety should be the top priority for all projects. If a resident doesn’t understand the safety goals and priorities of a project, please direct them to the correct project web page to learn more.

Fremont City Council

Mayor Lily Mei: [email protected]

Vice Mayor Raj Salwan: [email protected]

Councilmember Vinnie Bacon (at large): [email protected]

Councilmember Teresa Keng (district 1): [email protected]

Councilmember Rick Jones (district 2): [email protected]

Councilmember Jenny Kassan (district 3): [email protected]

Councilmember Yang Shao (district 4): [email protected]

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