Bicycle Master Plan Implementation
The City is pursuing a strategy of rapidly implementing an “all ages and abilities” network of bicycle facilities as outlined in its Bicycle Master Plan. The City implements bikeways as part of street resurfacing work, per its Complete Streets policy. The City also implements bikeways through separate striping projects in corridors where repaving work is not planned for the foreseeable future.
On major arterials, the City’s preferred bikeway design is to add striped buffers to provide separation between bicyclists and motor vehicles. Striped buffers are typically added by narrowing travel lanes, which also reduces vehicle speeds to improve safety in support of the City’s Vision Zero policy. On streets with infrequent driveways, the City may install vertical delineators, creating a separated bikeway. The City also uses green paint to mark the conflict zone between vehicle turning movements and through bicyclists.
On residential and collector streets, the City’s preferred bikeway design is to implement shared lane markings (“sharrows”) which signal to motorists that bicyclists will be present and provide guidance to bicyclists on route finding and lane positioning. On some residential and collector streets, the City may also implement speed lumps and/or other traffic calming features.
The City installed approximately 33 miles of buffered bikeways between 2013 and 2017 in portions of corridors including Fremont Blvd, Stevenson Blvd, Paseo Padre Pkwy, Warm Springs Blvd, and S Grimmer Blvd.
In 2019, the City will stripe buffered bikeways in the corridors listed below, and install neighborhood bikeway treatments in the City Center area. Corridors include:
- Paseo Padre Pkwy./E Warren Ave.
- Grimmer Blvd./S. Grimmer Blvd
- Driscoll Rd.
- Stevenson Blvd.
- Walnut Ave.
Walnut Avenue Protected Bikeway
The City received a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission to implement a cycletrack facility in the Walnut Avenue corridor. The project is currently in design and will extend from Mission Blvd to Paseo Padre Pkwy. The project will construct a raised cycletrack for the length of the project; reconstruct signalized intersections as protected intersections to improve bicyclist safety, reduce pedestrian crossing distances, and slow vehicles; and add enhanced bus stops that reduce bicyclist/bus conflicts. See this presentation
The City has several projects under development to implement “protected intersections” at key locations. Protected intersections are an emerging design that provides a separated bikeway treatment for bicyclists through an intersection and improves pedestrian safety by shortening crossing distances and improving sight distance. The City has protected intersection projects in design at Fremont Blvd/Stevenson Blvd and Fremont Blvd/Mowry Ave as well as in the Walnut Ave corridor.
Freeway Interchange Improvements
The City has several efforts underway to improve bicyclist safety and access at freeway interchanges:
- I-880/Fremont Blvd. (South) and I-880/Auto Mall Pkwy. – the City has a planned striping project that will reconfigure bicycle/vehicle merging and add bike lane buffers and green paint in conflict zones
- I-680/Mission Blvd., I-680/Washington Blvd., and I-680/Auto Mall Pkwy. – the City is scoping long-term improvements at these locations including realigning ramps and closing gaps in bikeways and sidewalks