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Monthly Traffic & Safety Commission Meeting, Plus: Happy Hour

Thursday, February 23rd, 7pm, Council Chambers, Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo

Meeting agenda includes the following:
  • Review of the draft parking management plan
  • Public art along  Codornices Creek
Public comment is always open at the beginning of the meeting for community members to comment on things they feel need addressing on our streets. The full agenda is here. Attend or watch the meeting live on KALW channel 33 (Comcast/Xfinity) or on the web.

Join AS&R Core Group Members that same evening from 5-7 at Little Star Pizza, 1181 Solano Ave., at our Happy Hour to talk about the T&S Agenda, or about anything related to active transportation in Albany.

Fix the Berkeley Bike Plan

Share Your Voice at the February 28th Berkeley City Council Meeting

The Berkeley City Council will be considering the proposed Berkeley Bike Plan update for the first time at its February 28th meeting. The current draft includes an extensive cycle track network, which has resulted in far more people choosing to ride in other cities. Yet AS&R finds the plan could be improved further.

The plan calls for continuing the implementation of Berkeley's bicycle boulevards, as existing boulevards are deficient from too many stop signs and lack of crossing protection. Unfortunately, the plan currently calls for rectangular, rapid flashing beacons at most boulevard crossings. While these are great for sidewalk users, Berkeley staff has stated they provide no legal protection for people biking. If someone riding activates one, crosses thinking they have right of way, and then gets hit by a motorist, they are actually at fault. Consequently, AS&R is calling for eliminating these from the plan because they are unsafe.

The plan also does not accommodate the diversity of people biking, focusing only on people desiring relaxed routes. While these people are certainly in the majority, Albany is showing it is possible to accommodate both this majority and the minority of people that prefer rapid routes. This is why Buchanan has a path as well as a lane and Masonic has sharrows parallel to the Greenway path. AS&R is calling on Berkeley to plan a rapid network as well as a relaxed network to accommodate this diversity. The lack of such accommodation in the plan has led to emerging conflict between rapid and relaxed cycling advocates in Berkeley, which is unfortunate and unnecessary.

You can read other items AS&R is advocating in its letter to Berkeley last December. These include completing remaining connections between Albany and Berkeley and using uniform signage along each network, rather than signage that varies by type of biking facility. Please email the Berkeley City Council members in support of any of AS&R's points, particularly if you live in Berkeley, and come to the February 28th Berkeley City Council meeting to share your voice. The Bike Plan is the first item on the agenda after the consent calendar, and should be addressed early in the meeting, as soon as 7:10.

Important Berkeley Bike Plan Links:

Report Sidewalk Hazards to The City of Albany

Public Works Developing Sidewalk Repair Through Early March

The 2017-18 Sidewalk Repair Plan is in the works, and the City of Albany Public Works is taking your reports of sidewalk hazards to evaluate for planned repairs. Repairs are funded in part by Albany's new P1, Save Our Sidewalks Tax. The measure passed on the November 2016 ballot with 79% Albany voter approval and provides about $200,000 a year for sidewalk repairs.

It's an easy process: Measure the maximum uplift from one slab to another, or how far the cement arches out of line with the level cement around it (like the left-hand side of the crack in the photo). Note the address. Call Public Works at (510) 524-9543 and leave the information in person or as a voicemail.

Thanks for helping get Albany sidewalks repaired!

Be Seen With AS&R's Reflective Leg Bands

12" long leg and arm bands provide nighttime visibility


It gets dark early, so whether we're biking or walking, we all have to do more to be seen by drivers! That's where AS&R's latest safety project, our reflective leg and arm bands, come in.

Thanks to the supporting business Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro, we were able to produce 12" long, reflective leg bands so that you and your family will be more visible to drivers when you're riding and walking.

More info is on our website, or email Amy to get some for you and your family now!

Joe Hurlimann Memorial Ride

Sunday, February 19th, 9 - 11 AM, 1506 Walnut St., Berkeley 

We lost a woodworker, stamp collector, and dedicated cyclist, Joe Hurlimann, to a car crash on February 8th. Joe never owned a car in his life, instead biking everywhere in any weather and time of day. Join us in his memorial ride this Sunday to honor his life as a fellow cyclist and Bay Area citizen. 

Additional details are on the Facebook event page, and you can read more about Joe Hurlimann's life at Berkleyside.


Events for cycling and walking in the East Bay

Joe Hurlimann Memorial Ride
Sunday, February 19th, 9-11am, 1506 Walnut St., Berkeley 
Honor a fellow cyclist and Bay Area citizen in his memorial ride. Sign up here.

AS&R Happy Hour Meeting
Thursday, February 23rd, 5-7pm, 1181 Solano Ave., Little Star Pizza, Albany
Come and talk about walking and cycling in Albany. All are invited. Details on the website

Traffic and Safety Meeting
Thursday, February 23rd, 7pm, Council Chambers, Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo
Monthly Traffic and Safety Commission Meeting. Details found here.
Major Taylor Unity Ride
Sunday, February 26th, 9am - 1pm,1500 Macdonald Ave., Rich City Rides Bike Shop, Richmond
Bikers of all age groups and skill levels are welcome on this weekly unity ride lead by Rich City Rides. Event found here.

Free Cycling 101 Class Part I
Saturday, March 4th, 1-3pm, Dwinelle Hall, Room 209, UC Berkeley 
Bike East Bay classroom instruction that focuses on road-cycling safely. For adults and teens. No bike needed. Details found here.

Free Cycling 101 Class Part I
Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30-8:30pm, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room
Bike East Bay classroom instruction that focuses on road-cycling safely. For adults and teens. No bike needed. Details found here.

Free Cycling 101 Road Class Part II
Sunday, April 16th, 12:30-6:00pm, 920 Talbot Ave, Albany, Cornell Elementary 
Bike East Bay on-road, on-your-bike practice sessions. For adults and accompanied teens. Cycling 101 Part I must be taken first. Bike and helmet needed. Details found here.
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