On Saturday, March 18th, the city of Concord held a “Community Reuse Project Kick-off Specific Plan Community Workshop” to update the public on the next phase of the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project with representatives of the presumptive master developer (Lennar Concord, LLC) and its re-use specific partner FivePoint Communities Management. Also in attendance were consultants, city staff, and representatives from the East Bay Regional Parks. It was also an opportunity to receive public input, which was provided in the standing-room-only Wisteria Room at the Senior Center. For such a large group, several consistent themes emerged: many connections to transit, easy biking and walking, good jobs/living wages, affordable housing, community services (especially for the homeless and elderly), and abundant recreational opportunities. What was not wanted: a lot of retail and car traffic. This last will be a challenge given the scope of the project (12,000 residences in the final phase of development) without a robust commitment to active transportation at the outset of the project. The blank nature and scale of this site represent an ideal opportunity to bring best-in-class bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to Concord. This means no more paint-only bike lanes, or mixing bicycles and pedestrians together. Instead, the Reuse Project offers the opportunity for full mode separation – motor, cycle, and pedestrian traffic each in a space physically separated from the others – both along streets and at intersections, a recipe which has yielded bicycle per-trip mode shares in excess of 30% where it has been put into routine practice.
Would you like the chance to influence active transportation funding without making the trek to Sacramento? Your opportunity is here! Bike Concord members will be meeting with CA-14 Assembly Member Tim Grayson (formerly of Concord City Council) on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the district office located at 2151 Salvio Street (the Salvio Pacheco office building on Todos Santos Plaza) in Suite 395. We will be urging the Asm. Grayson to support the governor’s proposed budget, which earmarks $100 million in active transporation projects. This means local projects for bicycles, pedestrians and transit could get the funding needed to become a reality.
It’s official: the City of Concord has adopted the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Safe Routes to Transit Master Plan at its September 27, 2016 Council meeting. It is the culmination of many hundreds of hours of work between the city and Bike Concord along with its partners. While there are many things about it that, if implemented, would improve active transportation here, the city’s commitment to safety for all users has been uneven.Read More »
The green bike lanes on Detroit Avenue have been installed for several months, but their official ribbon cutting was celebrated the last Saturday of September. Many neighborhood and community organizations were represented: First Five Contra Costa, Central County Regional Group, Monument Impact, Contra Costa Health Services, Healthy and Active Before 5, and the City of Concord. True to the spirit of healthy living, Zumba dance class participants demonstrated their moves and information about healthy cooking and nutrition was provided throughout the event – even bicycle powered smoothies! Monument Impact provided free, delicious and healthful food for all participants. Bike Concord provided free bike repair, and Bike East Bay in partnership with County Health Services, staffed the bike rodeo for young riders. Bike East Bay also staffed a booth promoting Measure X on November’s ballot, which if passed, will raise millions of dollars in transportation revenue. Extensive work done by Bike Concord and Bike East Bay has secured a portion of those funds for active transportation projects. With significant funding in place, we can begin to make popular projects like the Detroit Avenue green lanes possible throughout Concord.