Contra Costa County

It was a Bad Day for RSR Bridge Advocates

RSR Bridge and Ferry

Public access by ferry over the Bay was severed soon after dedication of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge in 1957. Now Caltrans is blocking a plan to continue the Bay Trail across the RSR Bridge.

In an unexpected maneuver, Caltrans rejected the preferred proposal to accommodate bicyclists, along with a third traffic lane, on the RSR Bridge at the February 13, 2008 Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) meeting.

New Year's Day on Diablo

What could be a better start to the New Year than to join the traditional ride up Mt Diablo? There really is no single organized ride. Weather permitting, there will be hundreds of friends representing all East Bay bicycling organizations at the summit. Pick a good partner to chat with during the climb, and bring plenty of protection for the chilly descent. Beware that State Park police ticket bicyclists for speeding.

I-80 San Pablo Dam Road Interchange Project (AKA "I-80 Bikeway)

The signed I-80 Bikeway extends from near El Cerrito del Norte BART to Rodeo. However, there is no legal way for southbound bicyclists to make a left turn from San Pablo Dam Rd onto Amador Street. For over a decade EBBC members have spoken out in support of improving this critical gap. Now you can share your opinions on the proposed improvement plans!

WHERE: San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave

Taylor Blvd at Contra Costa Canal trail, Pleasant Hill

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:B Anna at November 3, 2007 - 12:42am
Status:New (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority minor)
Case ID:: -1086

direction

northbound

type

pothole or pavement cracks
other

description

Friday, November 2, 2007 Contra Costa Canal meets Taylor Blvd; gate was locked, it was around 2pm. I had to walk off trail down a good mound (partial wet and loose dirt made it difficult to walk down with a heavy bike; it was a nice day, I don’t know where the water originated from) to access the bike lane. I continued, intending to get back on the Contra Costa Canal path only to meet again with a locked gate causing more inconvenience and forcing me to resort to lugging my bike down hill. I considered riding on Lucille Lane, but because I am a novice bicyclist I would be too nervous to attempt it on a narrow road until after my Bicycle 101 class and without a child :D. Also the loose gravel mixed with big rocks and dirt path along Las Juntas Park is not safe. There are cracks deep enough to cause instability while riding and a bicyclist could easily slip off and land by the ditch along the canal – not good for kids or learning bicyclists. Before I started out, I planned my route on 511.org using the map tool and was hoping I could use this trail to pick up my son from school (Valhalla Elementary). This is my first time riding this trail and the trouble I encountered makes it difficult to imagine traveling it with my 8 year old. I am aware there are other routes leading to Valhalla Elementary, but feel the safest way is on the trail than in traffic since my child is not fully capable of handling a bike with confidence. After a big headache adventure, my son and I took the bus home. I want to use the Contra Costa Canal on a daily basis to get my son to and from school. Please address this matter so that people like me and my son can use this trail effectively and safely. It would also be very good if they accommodated pedestrians and bicyclists where Taylor Blvd meets the Contra Costa Canal trail with a safe crossing especially since children like my son will be using it to get to and from school. Thank you very much for working on improving bicycle conditions in our community. Best, B. Anna M.

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South gate approach to Mt Diablo park

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at October 26, 2007 - 4:19pm
Status: (other / Priority major)
Case ID:: -1074

direction

northbound

type

pothole or pavement cracks
debris in shoulder
hazardous drainage grate
insufficient shoulder width

description

A disgrace to neighborhood, the road approaching south gate of Mt Diablo park is terrible. Looks like unincorporated area where nobody cares. Drainage grate @ intersection with Blackhawk Rd is a trap for any type of transportation, but for bicyclist it means end of the season/career.

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MTC Regional Pedestrian & Bicycle Training Workshop

[G2:952 size=50 class=left]Encourage your local transportation planners and engineers to register now! Three earlier workshops received tremendous acclaim, but many cities and agencies were absent. [G2:965 size=50 class=left]The interactive workshop, conducted by Fehr & Peers and Eisen | Letunic, is aimed at providing the latest bicycle & pedestrian design tools to practicing transportation and urban planning & design professionals.

Caldecott 4th Bore Notice of Determination

[g2:894 class="right"]Caltrans has released the Environmental Impact Report for the Caldecott 4th Bore project. As feared, the agency has dismissed concerns of traffic impacts to local streets in Berkeley and North Oakland.

Carquinez Scenic Drive Closed for Repairs at Port Costa

The Contra Costa County Public Works Department will close Carquinez Scenic Drive between McEwen Road and Canyon Lake Drive from September 17, 2007 through October 12, 2007, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM for the purpose of installing a drainage culvert. Bicyclists should use Reservoir Street (through Port Costa, past Port Costa School) as an alternate route.

Questions should be directed to Rene Urbina at 925-313-7012.

EBBC Board of Directors

Location: Oakland's Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave
Create a 2008 Board nominating committee to prepare nominations for the November Annual Meeting.

Pinehurst Road, halfway between town of Canyon and Huckleberry Preserve switchback, right shoulder of southbound direction.

Assigned to:Unassigned
Created:Visitor (not verified) at June 27, 2007 - 9:42am
Status:New (Class III (no special facility) / Priority minor)
Case ID:: -638

direction

southbound

type

pothole or pavement cracks

description

Pothole is about 3' wide, 6" deep, and is on the right shoulder, so bikes using the road either hit the pothole, or have to veer out into the lane and risk conflicts with traffic. It has been there for about two months now.

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