Please turn out tomorrow, Feb 10 – NOT tonight, Feb 9

Thanks to the direction of City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting in response to Bike Concord and Bike East Bay’s request, senior transportation staff will now consider and respond to our proposal for buffered bike lanes on Grant St instead of the unbuffered ones currently planned in Project 2277. So there is no need to turn out to tonight’s City Council meeting.  Instead, please try to make it to tomorrow evening’s public meeting on the Downtown Corridors Plan and Project 2277. Wednesday, Feb 10, 6pm at Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord.

In addition to the Downtown Corridors Streetscape Plan (a general long-term vision), this public meeting will include the first public presentation of PJ 2277, a project for bike lanes on Grant St from BART to Todos Santos, as well as on a few blocks of Concord Blvd and Clayton Rd between Ellis Lake Park and downtown.

Unbuffered bike lanes, the bare minimum, are the Engineering Division’s current intention for the Grant St portion of PJ 2277. Bike Concord and Bike East Bay are proposing an alternative design with the following features.
– Continuity of bike lanes at all points.
– Buffers in some places, parking protection in others. The buffers will not only add safety and comfort for bicycle traffic, but will save space where physical barriers can be added later for further protection.
– Squared-off intersection corners to increase driver caution and decrease speed
– Green paint treatments at car-bicycle conflict zones.

Bike East Bay has posted a detailed description of the proposal.

What you can do: Show up to the meeting, make a comment to the effect that you want bicycle infrastructure on Grant that is safe and inviting enough to attract new and hesitant bicyclists, and that you want a detailed response by staff to Bike East Bay and Bike Concord’s proposal to make this a reality. It will be important for a strong number of residents to show up to this public meeting and convey support for making Grant St a good contemporary bikeway instead of a mediocre one.

If able to attend, please RSVP to

Success at I&F meeting on green paint for Detroit Ave!

Bike Concord is pleased to report that both members of the Infrastructure & Franchise Committee (Vice-Mayor Laura Hoffmeister and Councilmember Edi Birsan) supported retaining green paint treatments in conflict zones in the upcoming work on Detroit Ave, and gave staff their approval to bring a recommendation to that effect to the full City Council on July 28.

There was a real possibility that this important element could have been dropped from the final project, but Bike Concord’s rapid response and strong turnout with support from our partners Monument Impact and Bike East Bay were sufficient to save it.

This is a victory for our community.

The City’s official agenda and staff report are available online. Minutes of the meeting follow. Read More »

All hands on deck – Please attend Monday night’s I&F meeting

This is an “all hands on deck” call. Please turn out for the Infrastructure & Franchise meeting this Monday night if you possibly can. July 13, 5:30pm in the Garden Center Conference Room in the city offices at 1950 Parkside Dr.

We have a good number of people signed up to attend on our Facebook event for this meeting (thank you all!) but more will help.

The important matter at issue is the elimination or retention of green paint treatments in the upcoming work on Detroit Ave. Green paint has been shown to substantially reduce collisions between bicycle and motor traffic at points of conflict and high-frequency crossing.

Unfortunately, one of the two City Council members on the Infrastructure & Franchise Committee will be putting forward a recommendation to the rest of Council to direct staff to remove green paint from the project altogether. This amounts to putting a small cost savings ahead of safety, while money continues to be allocated in other projects for alleviation of motor traffic delay.

We are calling for the green paint to be kept in the plan for conflict points on Detroit Ave, although it can safely be removed from parts of the street with low conflict potential (e.g. in front of single-family homes).

Please attend and join the queue for public comment after committee discussion of the Detroit Ave item.  (There is another item on the agenda concerning bus stops.)  When it’s your turn to speak, say something like this:

“The point of the Detroit Ave project is to improve safety, and the City has rightly committed in the General Plan (Policy T-1.9.5) to put safety ahead of motor traffic flow. Green paint at conflict points is critical for safety. If money is unavailable for it in this project, then money should be reallocated from other projects where it targets Level of Service rather than safety.”

Every additional person strengthens the signal.

It’s worth fighting for this project, not just for the sake of Detroit Ave (as important as this street is for its residents and school community), but also to start effectively resisting some city officials’ and staff’s practical policy of putting bicycle and pedestrian safety at a lower priority than motor traffic flow. General declarations (e.g. Policy T-1.9.5) are worthwhile and useful, but they mean nothing unless we compel their observance on specific projects. Here is the right place to start doing that.

Policy T-1.9.5 is part of the Circulation Element of the General Plan, the top-level policy document for the City. It commits the City to:

Prioritize bicycle, pedestrian, and automobile safety over vehicle speed and level-of-service at intersections and along roadways.