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Ride With Your Rep: Bike Tour With Congressman Swalwell

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Take a bike tour of Dublin and Pleasanton with Congressman Eric Swalwell, CA District 15. It’s Ride With Your Rep time.

Help Accelerate New Bikeways in Dublin

Help Accelerate New Bikeways in Dublin

 

While all 5 City Councilmembers heard your calls for a safer street and agree that one day Dublin will need to add bike lanes, none are ready to take out travel lanes today to stripe bike lanes on Dublin Blvd so you can safely get to Dublin’s shopping destinations. They want to leave this challenge to a future City Council. You can help us get them ready sooner!

Contact your Dublin City Council member and ask that all of the other bikeway improvements proposed for Downtown Dublin be accelerated and implemented in the next 3 years, including improved bike lanes on Amador Valley Blvd, Amador Plaza Rd, Regional Rd and Village Pkwy. Be sure to thank them for their support for these new bikeways, but remind them that Dublin needs to do a better job of making streets safe for bicycling for people who ride today, as well as thousands who will be riding in the future. The City Council needs to “see” more people on bikes, and more bikeways will make the difference.

Dublin Blvd Bike Lanes at City Council Tonight

November 19, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Our push for a pilot test of bike lanes on Dublin Blvd has expanded to include an additional push to accelerate implementation of new and better bike lanes connecting to Dublin Blvd, including bike lanes on Village Parkway, Regional, St. Patrick Way and Amador Plaza, better bike lanes on Amador Valley. Rapid completion of these new bikeways will create a functional bikeway network in Downtown Dublin and improve popularity of bike lanes on Dublin Blvd. Your support is needed.

Dublin City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00-9:00pm
Dublin City Hall, 100 Civic Plaza

Join EBBC members in support of accelerating implementation of bikeways in Downtown Dublin and for pushing for a much better bicycling experience on Dublin Blvd.

Dublin Blvd Bike Lane 3-Month Summer Pilot Proposal

Dublin Blvd Bike Lane 3-Month Summer Pilot Proposal

 

Dublin Boulevard 

Bike Lane Proposal

 

Proposal:

  • As part of a 3-month pilot project during Summer 2014, stripe bikes lanes on Dublin Blvd by reducing the travel lanes from 6 to 4 lanes, keeping the center turn pockets
  • Survey customers before and after the 3-month pilot to better understand how it affects local businesses
  • If the pilot works, complete a more permanent design for new bike lanes. If the pilot does not work, return the street to 6 lanes

Why this proposal is feasible:

  • While Dublin Blvd is congested at certain peak times, most of the time the street functions fine and will continue to do so with 4 lanes
  • According to the Highway Capacity Manual, 4 lanes of travel is sufficient to accommodate 29,000 cars/day, the number of cars that use Dublin Blvd
  • San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito has 4 travel lanes and center turn lanes, and carries more than 30,000 cars/day, and it works fine
  • Painting bike lanes is a low-cost option that Dublin can implement right away, potentially saving Dublin millions of dollars for an off-street pathway

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EBBC's Pilot of Bike Lanes on Dublin Blvd Expands

EBBC's Pilot of Bike Lanes on Dublin Blvd Expands

Our push for a pilot test of bike lanes on Dublin Blvd has expanded to include an additional push to accelerate implementation of new and better bike lanes connecting to Dublin Blvd, including bike lanes on Village Parkway, Regional, St. Patrick Way and Amador Plaza, better bike lanes on Amador Valley. Rapid completion of these new bikeways will create a functional bikeway network in Downtown Dublin and improve popularity of bike lanes on Dublin Blvd. Your support is needed and below is what you can do.

We had a great advocacy ride on Dublin Blvd with 11 passionate members on Sept 6, ironing out details of the bikeway improvements needed on Dublin Blvd and other Downtown streets as part of the City’s bicycle plan update. Priority streets for bikeway improvements are Dublin Blvd of course, Amador Plaza Rd, Amador Valley Blvd, Village Parkway, Regional St and St. Patrick Way.

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Dublin 1st to Stripe Green Bike Lane-Woohoo!

Dublin 1st to Stripe Green Bike Lane-Woohoo!

Dublin has indeed striped the 1st green bike lane in the East Bay, and it’s on Golden Gate Drive, which connects Dublin Blvd with the West Dublin BART Station. It’s part of a ‘complete streets’ project to improve an area in Dublin projected to increase in density and become a more walkable, more bikeable downtown area served by good transit.

The green bike lanes extend for the entire two block stretch of Golden Gate Drive and include some additional treatments that improve both bicycle and pedestrian safety. For example, the bike lanes are dashed thru the intersections, to keep cars and bikes properly positioned as they transition between the two blocks, and the crosswalks are high-visibility ladder style crosswalks with brick pavers for a more people-scale treatment. All of this helps create a street that is about more than just cars, and that’s the goal. Please let us know what you think, send your comments to EBBC Advocacy Director Dave Campbell.

However, these new green bike lanes don’t connect to anything yet. We are pushing for bike lanes on Dublin Blvd, which will connect the new green bike lanes on Golden Gate Dr with San Ramon Rd and Village Parkway and Amador Plaza Rd. You can help by telling Dublin to connect the green bike lanes to new bike lanes on Dublin Blvd.

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Federal Help for Two East Bay Bikeways at National Bike Summit

Federal Help for Two East Bay Bikeways at National Bike Summit

At last week’s National Bike Summit, Bike East Bay sought Federal support for two important bikeway projects: 1) the Bay Trail along the Oakland Estuary and 2) bike lanes on Dublin Blvd.

For the Bay Trail, we met staff of Representative Barbara Lee (CA 9) and Representative John Garamendi (CA 3). The Oakland Estuary is within Lee’s District and Garamendi sits on the Water Resources Development Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Estuary. Both Lee and Garamendi are strong supporters of bicycling.

Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is denying Oakland an easement along the Estuary to build segments of the Bay Trail along the shoreline near the High Street and Park Street Bridges. The Army Corps wants Oakland to take full title to the Estuary, but Oakland can’t afford the maintenance and operation. The Coast Guard is denying all requests to build additional low-level bike/ped bridges out over the estuary around the foot of the three car bridges, due to the need for sufficient space for barge traffic. Lee’s office will work with Garamendi to explore options for introducing a new bill in Congress that legally gives Oakland an easement to the shoreline.

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