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.
Please avoid recreational use of Marsh Creek Rd and Morgan Territory Rd for now. Bike Concord has been advised by Tamara Steiner of the Concord Pioneer that there has been a hill slide on Morgan Territory which has narrowed available space and rendered those roads the only available routes for a lot of residents.
Please spread the word to any recreational cycling groups you may be part of – Grizzly Peak Cyclists, Delta Pedalers, etc.
FYI from BikeLink:
Hello BikeLink Users,
We want to alert you that on March 1st and 2nd the BikeLink lockers at the Concord BART station will be moved about 125 feet to a location adjacent to the platform. We are hoping to keep the lockers in service as much as possible, however we cannot guarantee that there will be available lockers for use at all times during the move. This will not impact overnight parking on March 1st. Please note the location of the new lockers on the map below.
Thanks for your continued support of the BikeLink system. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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.
The City of Concord is now accepting applications from residents who would like to serve on the City’s first permanent Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb 17 at 5pm.
The BPAC will review the City’s transportation capital improvement projects (CIPs) and advise staff on how projects could better serve bicycle and pedestrian traffic. There will be a lot to comment on. Initial CIP designs have so far tended to put a lower priority on the safety of non-motor traffic than on the expeditious movement of motor traffic, in spite of the City’s explicit policy commitment to the contrary.