Contra Costa County

Kensington Blvd

Assigned to:Ian McDonald
Created:Visitor (not verified) at July 22, 2013 - 8:17am
Status: (other / Priority major)
Case ID:: -10868

type

other

Location

Arlington
94707 Kensington
US

description

New "paving" (chip seal) all along Arlington Blvd (and many other streets in Kensington) is horrific for cyclists. Be careful on any descents. 1) Lots of gouges and ruts created shortly after the paving created permanent hazards. 2) Many metal covers, previously at pavement level, are now abrupt one-inch drops and rises. 3) Abrupt pavement-edge drop-offs were created along the concrete gutters, making it dangerous for a cyclist to transition in and out of gutters (such as needed in narrow curves with limited sight lines). 4) Pavement is smooth-slick in some places, rough in others; slick spaces are especially hazardous with any moisture. UPDATE 10-14-13: Highlighted the imminent rainy season to get some input on what can be done to make this a safer roadway. Submitted to both Richmond and Contra Costa County. UPDATE 10-15-13: Steve at CoCoCo PW acknowledged; will work with his dep't, but no commitments yet. UPDATE 10-16-13: Slava Gospodchikov, Senior Civil Engineer - Design/Construction Division, called & emailed for further info. Telephone tag, and I said my input is only as much as the (very thorough) report provided. UPDATE 10-16-13: Long conversation with Slava. After pulling Kensington native Tom Ayres into the discussion Slava responded: "Dear Mr. Ayres: Following up on the friendly telephone conversation with Ian and your email, please see below my responses to the points made in your report: 1) Gouges and ruts. The application of micro would likely fill in and smooth out imperfections in the pavement surface, however, it would not fix severe grade breaks common to the Kensington area that result in cars bottoming out and scraping the pavement. There may be pavement damage outside of the surface treatment area caused by equipment of other entities such as EBMUD. It will be helpful if you could provide us with specific locations. 2) Utility covers. It is estimated the project has added up to 3/8 “ to the pavement thickness. As result, some utility covers may now be out of compliance for vertical drop tolerance of 1 inch. Our department sends out notices to the utility companies in the area requesting they adjust their respective facilities to match the pavement surface. The notices are sent both before the project starts and upon the completion of work. The response time varies greatly from one utility to another. 3) Gutter edge drop off. Our application may have increased the elevation difference between the edge of pavement and the gutter lip. The severe drop off is likely the pavement build up from multiple pavement treatments over the years. It may be necessary to grind out the edge to get a smooth transition. On the other hand, grinding may result in lowering and slanting the pavement such that vehicles will be leaning more toward the outside of lane. I will ask our Maintenance to take a closer look at the segment between Moeser and the library. 4) Pavement smooth/rough. The microsurfacing application would typically result in rougher pavement than the surface before the project. This should only help with traction during the wet season. This year was phase two of three to apply this surface treatment in Kensington. Next summer the final phase will be applied to area between Arlington Blvd and Colusa Ave. Your feedback is important. Please let us know how we can make our roads safer for everyone who uses them. Specific safety concerns may be reported directly to our Maintenace Division at (925) 313-7000. You may also email to admin@pw.cccounty.us Of course, you can email the information to me and will forward it to the appropriate party. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Slava Gospodchikov Senior Civil Engineer - Design/Construction Division 255 Glacier Drive Martinez, CA 94553 Phone: (925) 313-2316 Fax: (925) 313-2333 Email: sgosp@pw.cccounty.us"

Jurisdiction

Red 19' Marin Alp

location

1898 Contra Costa Blvd. outside Chase bank atm.

Jurisdiction

Victory! Funding Approved for 27 New Bikeways

Victory! Funding Approved for 27 New Bikeways

Both the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority have approved funding for 27 new bikeway projects, including most of the bike projects you voted as your favorites in our online polls recently. These new bikeways will provide much-improved bike connections to BART Stations and fill in gaps in the regional bikeway network, helping make more communities bike-friendly. They will also get built in the next few years for you to start enjoying.

We are particularly happy to report that innovative, well-designed bikeways are coming to 1) Hearst Avenue in Berkeley 2) four key streets around Lake Merritt BART Station, 3) Christie Ave Two-Way Cycle Track in Emeryville, 4) protected bike lanes to Concord BART, as well as bike improvements around Fremont BART and Union City BART. And the City of Piedmont is receiving more funding to do a comprehensive bicycle plan-its first.

Here is the list of proposed bike projects for funding. For more information on each project including city staff contact information, in Contra Costa County go to Contra Costa Complete Streets Checklists and in Alameda County go to Alameda County Complete Streets Checklists.

Contra Costa County:

  1. Detroit Avenue Complete Streets Project in Concord
  2. San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project in San Pablo & Richmond
  3. Richmond BART Station Intermodal Improvement Project
  4. Last-Mile Bike & Pedestrian Access to Concord BART
  5. Pittsburg Multimodal Transit Station Access Improvements
  6. Golf Club Road/Old Quarry Road Enhancement Project in Pleasant Hill
  7. Hercules Intermodal Transit Center & Bay Trail Connection

Alameda County*:

  1. Shattuck Ave Reconfiguration & Ped Safety in Berkeley
  2. 7th St West Oakland Transit Village Phase II
  3. Berkeley BART Plaza & Transit Area Improvements
  4. Lakeside Green Street Project in Oakland
  5. Peralta St Improvements Components in Oakland
  6. Union City BART Station Improvements on East Side/Decoto 
  7. Hearst Ave Complete Streets Project in Berkeley
  8. MLK Jr Way Bike/Ped Project in Oakland
  9. Lake Merritt Bikeways around Lake Merritt BART Station
  10. Christie Ave Bay Trail Two-Way Cycle Track
  11. Fremont City Center Mulit-Modal Improvements
  12. Albany Bay Trail-Gilman to Buchanan
  13. Cross Alameda Trail in the City of Alameda
  14. Marin/Buchanan Bikeway Connection at San Pablo Ave in Albany
  15. West Juana Ped Improvements in San Leandro
  16. Fruitvale Ave Streetscape Project-E.12th to the Estuary
  17. Piedmont Bike/Ped Plan 
  18. Bike Go Round
  19. Estuary Crossing Shuttle
  20. Broadway Shuttle in Oakland

    Term - Tag

    funding

Vote the Streets You Want a Bike Lane on for Your Commute

Vote the Streets You Want a Bike Lane on for Your Commute

What if decision makers in Contra Costa County listened to you before deciding what bike projects to fund? What are your top 5 projects? Cast your vote here!

Over the next four years, over $45 million will be programmed for new transportation projects in Contra Costa County, $24 million for bike/ped/transit projects and $21 million for repaving local streets and roads. While all of the projects funded with this money are required to accommodate bicyclists, this accommodation requirement is only a ‘policy’ and won’t translate into new bikeways unless you help us make it a reality where you ride. In response to the “Call for Projects,” the CCTA received 22 “competitive” OBAG funding requests totaling $57.8 million for an available funding amount of $24.3 million.

Take a look at the map below showing the transportation projects currently applying for funding in Contra Costa County. Click on a project in your city to find out a bit about the project, where it is located, what type of bike improvements are included, if any at all. If you want even more information about the project than the brief desciptions in the map, click on the attached pdf document that includes full project descriptions, then cast your votes.

What are your top 5 projects? Cast your vote here!

Riding the Horns of Diablo: Greenbelt Alliance Bike Ride

March 2, 2013 - 9:26am to 4:26pm

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Distance: 30 miles
Approximate elevation gain: 682 feet
Degree of challenge: Moderate
Fees: None
Rain Policy: Rain cancels

Join us for a bicycle ride through central Contra Costa as we traverse around Mt. Diablo from the Pleasant Hill BART Station down to Dublin-Pleasanton BART. Learn about upcoming development plans for the areas around the stations, including Walnut Creek as well as the Devil’s horns, threatening valleys and hillsides in the Tassajara Valley and Doolan Canyon.

Eleven East Bay Schools Ready to Build $5.7 Million in Safe Routes to School Projects

Eleven East Bay Schools Ready to Build $5.7 Million in Safe Routes to School Projects

We are happy to report that the California Department of Transportation has awarded 11 Safe Routes to School grants to schools in the East Bay. Is your kid’s school on the list below? A total of $5.7 million in funds have been awarded in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. These projects include new bikeways on Farm Bureau Rd in Concord, Canal Rd in Pittsburg and Blacow Rd in Fremont. Alameda County schools in particular did well to receive so many grants, which is a testimony to the great work of Transform, Cycles of Change, and our supportive local cities and their staff to get more kids walking and bicycling to school. Good habits start early! On Bike to School Day this past May, bicycling rates to many schools tripled, and the numbers are only growing. It’s is great to see cities working hard to keep up with this surging demand. It is also encouraging to know that thanks to our successful advocacy work, the regional Safe Routes to School Program is intact and fully funded for the next 4 years. We are also working to ensure that the State does not take any of these monies in the future for other roadway projects. Your help may be needed for this. Stay tuned.

Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride

July 15, 2012 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride
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Get GEARED UP! Helmets, Bikes, Bells!

Sunday, July 15th
10:30am-1:00pm
Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

Meet at playground
(Ygnacio Valley & N San Carlos)

Ready to heat things up?

This month's route will be about 5 1/4 miles long and take us along a
few of the bike paths of Contra Costa county. Bring along snacks to
share at our mid-route stop, and, or course, we'll have tunes to pedal
to all throughout the ride!

Helmets required for kids.

Be sure to pack snacks, water, and sunscreen!

No room for bicycle and car in northbound lane due to poorly engineered street striping.

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at May 8, 2012 - 11:10pm
Status: (Class III (no special facility) / Priority major)
Case ID:: -9750

direction

northbound

type

insufficient shoulder width

Location

Arlington Ave.near Cowper Ave.
Kensington or El Cerrito
US

description

The county has created a real hazard for the frequent cyclers going uphill on the Arlington by striping the curve so traffic is pushed over to the east side of the road. There is not room for a bicycle going North, a car going North and a car going South to fit in the 2 lanes. Why is 6-8 ft. of the South bound side diagonally striped to keep traffic off it? This hazard is compounded by a hill and a curve which obstructs the view of oncoming traffic. The engineering seems designed to prevent northbound cycling. There is not even a sidewalk to resort to in an emergency.

Jurisdiction

Heavy sand and road debris full width of shoulder in both directions on the Dam Road between downtown El Sobrante and the bottom of the dam.

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at April 12, 2012 - 3:13pm
Status:Resolved (other / Priority major)
Case ID:: -9673

direction

eastbound

type

debris in shoulder

Location

Dam Road
El Sobrante
US

description

Heavy sand and road debris full width of shoulder in both directions on the Dam Road between downtown El Sobrante and the bottom of the dam.

Jurisdiction

Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride

October 16, 2011 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Geared 4 Kids: Family Bike Ride
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Get GEARED up! Helmets! Bikes! Bells!

Come join the East Bay's monthly Bike Party geared for kids,
families, and riders of any age who are new to wheels, pedals, and
gears. Our 4.6 mile route this month will include a couple of modest hills,
a section of the Ohlone Greenway along with neighborhoods in El Cerrito
and Albany. We'll have music to pedal to and a snack stop for the kids!

Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen!

Helmets required for kids.

Ride open to everyone!

Sunday, October 16th

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