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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, May 10, 2016) - Bike to work this Thursday in Berkeley, join the nation's top city for bike commuters and take part in a variety of community bicycling events.

The City's bike boulevards, bike lanes and other bicycling infrastructure are only getting better, as the City updates its bike plan and has a number of projects on the way to make it easier to bike in Berkeley.

The activities on Thursday May 12 include:

2016 is a big year for biking in Berkeley. The City of Berkeley is currently in the process of updating its Bike Plan for the first time since 2000, and planning for the launch of bike share later this year.

Berkeley has the highest percentage of 2016-05-10 Bike to Work Cities-census graphicbike commuters,9.7%, for cities with a population over 100,000 in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Berkeley's proportion of people who bike to work is more than four times the Alameda County average and nearly five times the Bay Area average.

The City's bicyclists are people like Dan Beringhele, Alameda County's bike commuter of the year, whose "Library on Wheels" cargo bike for the Berkeley Public Library allows people to check out books wherever they are, from festivals to school events.

The City is working on a number of efforts throughout the City to improve pedestrian and bicycling safety. A project near LeConte Elementary School will help pedestrians and bicyclists more easily cross Shattuck Avenue at Russell, Stuart and Ward streets with features such as bulb-outs and higher-visibility crosswalks. Construction will start this summer.

Another project at King Middle School will have features such as bulb-outs, pedestrian refuge islands and signal improvements, and work there will begin once the LeConte project is complete.

Other pedestrian and bicycling safety projects around the City include Hearst, Bancroft, Shattuck, and Milvia streets as well as a series of projects along Ashby Avenue and Tunnel Road.

Construction on the Hearst Complete Streets Project will begin this Fall. The Gilman Interchange project, which will start construction in 2020, will include a pedestrian and bicycling overpass for access to sports fields and the Bay Trail.   Projects elsewhere include bike lanes and a rapid flashing beacon crossing on Tunnel Road, a pedestrian hybrid beacon signal at Ashby-Hillegass, a signal controlled bike path crossing of Ashby at the 9th Street Path, and signal modifications at several other intersections.

Join us for Bike to Work Day in Berkeley! Use #bikeberkeley in your social media posts!


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