Transbay bicycle options during Bay Bridge closure

Transbay bicycle options during Bay Bridge closure

During the emergency bridge closure, what are the transbay travel options for bicyclists?

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Benicia-Martinez Bridge Path Dedication

August 29, 2009 - 8:30am

Bike/Ped Path located on west side of older (1962) bridge

Be one of the first to walk or bike across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

On Saturday, August 29, the new pedestrian/bicycle path on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge will officially open, and the public is invited to join the celebration. The event will begin at 8:30am with a ribbon-cutting in Martinez, followed by the main opening ceremony and a bicycle rodeo in Benicia. Coffee, pastries and possibly even a momento will be provided. Please download the invitation and detailed approach maps from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Note that return trips from Benicia may have to await the main ceremony.

DIRECTIONS - Join the ride!

TO THE BRIDGE - Join the Grizzly Peak Cyclists (GPC) for a short ride from North Concord BART to Martinez. Meet at the BART station at 9:00 and roll out at 9:15. Although we will miss the opening ceremony, we will still be among the first to ride over the bridge to Benicia. The route continues to Benicia and Vallejo, and returns to the East Bay via the Zampa Bridge path (Details: GPC Rides). In case you miss the group, you can also consult EBBC’s Map 2: East of the Hills for route options between N Concord BART and Martinez. There will be a picnic at Benicia State Recreation Area, located between Benicia and Vallejo. Bring your food with you or buy some along the way. For more info contact Phil Morton (pmorton AT lmi DOT net).

Another option is to take your bicycle on-board the Amtrak Capitol #720 arriving at 8:09am in Martinez (MTZ) and then pedal 1-mile east on Marina Vista to the signed bridge path to Benicia.

Gilman Roundabout

Gilman Roundabout

Here are the revised plans for a Gilman roundabout at the I80 interchange. The proposal is for a multilane design, but with curvature that limits speeds to no more than 25mph. This design was presented at the 3-19 Transportation Commission meeting.

To provide bike/ped access through the interchange, underpasses are proposed to run along the north end. This has not been indicated in the diagram (which currently shows at-grade crossings). Still to be decided: how to access the Class I path.

Freeway barrier claims another victim

Freeway barrier claims another victim

Facing Hayward’s Winton Ave is a mix of residential driveways, schools, shops, offices, and industrial land uses. An Eisenhower-era cloverleaf poses a daunting gauntlet for bicyclists who attempt to cross I-880. At 6:38am on March 12, 2009 a 37-year-old bicyclist was clobbered while riding through the interchange. The unidentified victim remains in serious condition.

After Being Pummeled By Caltrans

RSR leaders, Yehuda Sherman (L) & Michael Jackson (R) on bridge approach 1999Without a change in Caltrans leadership, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is not going to offer the economical path option that was presented to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission on 2/5/09.

The Marin IJ and the SF Chron both reported the inaccurate portrayal of the project presented by Caltrans. BCDC Commissioners were told by Caltrans officials that the only savings in cost between an earlier $70 million movable barrier proposal and the latest plan to simply use concrete “k-rail” barriers would be the elimination of $25 million in operating costs. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission estimated the solid barrier price at $15 to $20 million–a small fraction of the $1 billion Caltrans has spent on the bridge in the past several years.

The McAteer-Petris Act mandates that BCDC offer the “maximum feasible public access” (§66602) essential to public welfare to correct the inadequate bay and shoreline access. In lieu of real public access over SF Bay, Caltrans suggested costly shuttles or buses. Our experience with such services is that they lack the capacity for even small groups, schedules are inadequate, and they can be abruptly curtailed, as on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge. Foremost, however, a bus or shuttle is no substitute for riding over the bay any more than a You-Tube video of the ride!

Transportation 2035 Plan Public Hearing

Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter
Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium
101 Eighth Street @ Oak St.

Lake Merritt BART station
AC Transit Lines: 11, 59, 62, and 88

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will be holding an open forum for public input on the Draft Transportation 2035 Plan, a regional blueprint for funding projects and combating climate change.

The East Bay Greenway

Caldecott Fourth Bore Coalition

FBC Partners
EBBC’s partners in the Caldecott Fourth Bore Coalition (FBC) have sued Caltrans to consider reasonable transit-bike alternatives to single-minded freeway expansion, and to mitigate for the traffic, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and unsustainable growth that added freeway lanes threaten to bring to the East Bay.

Caldecott Fourth Bore Coalition VS Caltrans

Attorneys for the 6 plaintiffs, including EBBC, began providing arguments on October 31, 2008 in Alameda County Superior Court, in the US Post Office, 201 13th St, Oakland, before Judge Frank Roesch in Department 31 (2nd Floor). The case will continue on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

Case Number: RG07355832
Case Title: Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Coalition VS California Department of Transportation

Caltrans District 4 BAC

Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
October 15. 2008, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

WHERE: District 4 Headquarters, Mountain View Room, 15th Floor, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland



CTD4BAC CHAIR POSITION - Sean Co has indicated that he would like to step down as chair in 2009. We hope he will continue to represent MTC on the committee. Nominations for Chair?


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