The City of Concord is developing a policy document that will guide transportation decisions in a safer and more convenient direction for non-motor traffic. It’s called the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Safe Routes to Transit Master Plan.
The Master Plan has a couple hundred thousand dollars of funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area’s regional transportation authority.
The City has a page about the Master Plan which features links to maps, meeting presentations, and official event announcements. Bike Concord is also working on some additional resources and input opportunities, which we will make available to the City to feature on their page when ready.
Plan Advisory Committee (PAC)
The Master Plan will make use of input from the whole public, but particular influence will be exercised by the Plan Advisory Committee (PAC). This is a focus group of five people who will hold regular public meetings throughout the Master Plan process, at which they will be briefed on the plan’s progress by city staff and Alta Planning & Design, the plan consultant, and will offer feedback.
These meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Permit Center Conference Room in the city offices at 1950 Parkside Dr. Please attend as many as you can, and speak up during public comment for a Master Plan that treats bicycle and pedestrian safety as a top priority on our streets – not just an optional amenity.
Even if you can only come to one meeting, please do. New faces and voices make the message stronger.
The configuration of the PAC was finalized by City Council on December 8, 2014. Bike Concord and many other members of the public attended that meeting and requested that the PAC include a majority of at-large members (i.e. people not already on a city commission, staff, or Council) in order to ensure that its recommendations reflect the community’s priorities. Council decided to open two of five seats to at-large members.
Applications were invited from the public for these two seats, and Council made the final selection from among them. The PAC now consists of:
- Laura Hoffmeister, City Council member and Vice-Mayor, as committee chair.
- Carlyn Obringer as representative of the Planning Commission.
- Mark Sinclair as representative of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Commission.
- Sergio Huerta as at-large member and vice-chair of the committee.
- Claire Linder as at-large member.
In addition, there are two alternate at-large members. They do not sit on the committee unless called on to fill in for an absent at-large member.
- Randy Marsh.
- Kenji Yamada.
Alta Planning & Design
Alta Planning & Design is a private consulting firm which the City has hired to develop a draft of the Master Plan, integrating public input as much as possible. They are specialists in bicycle infrastructure, so we can be glad that they were the choice of our City Council and staff.
However, Alta will not fight our battles for us. As residents of Concord who want streets that treat bicycle and pedestrian traffic as traffic, we are going to have to show up and speak up persistently and cogently if we want this vision made into reality in Concord. Motor traffic as priority one is the status quo on our streets. This mentality won’t give way without a lot of pressure.