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Help make Milvia Street safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers

Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 13, 2018) - Come give input on a plan to install a protected bikeway, increase safety at intersections and calm traffic along a key stretch of Milvia Street – Berkeley's main north-south bikeway.

At our first three events, which start Sept. 15, you'll get to talk to staff and provide input about this project, which focuses on the stretch between Hearst and Blake streets. We'll use this data to inform the conceptual design process.

Among the ideas we're exploring are a 2018-09-2018 Milvia Bikeway Projectprotected bikeway, a lane for bicyclists that is protected from vehicle traffic by using a physical barrier. (See the adjacent photo for a mockup of a potential design.) We'll also be looking at a protected intersection at Milvia Street and University Avenue as well as safety and traffic calming measures at other intersections and areas. Feedback from the public will help determine what other measures may be needed.

Join us in person anytime during the hours listed below.

Goals of the project are to: 

• Increase safety for all modes of travel: bike, car and pedestrian
• Improve comfort for bicyclists and pedestrians, regardless of age or ability
• Ensure that bike routes fit within a connected network
• Maintain and support and the economic vitality of the corridor

Milvia Street is the primary north-south bicycle corridor in Berkeley, which has the nation's highest bike-to-work rate for cities over 100,000 residents. In addition, more people are biking than before, particularly on Milvia Street.

During the 2-hour peak evening commute, over 500 bicyclists pass through Milvia St./Channing Way intersection while over 400 bicyclists pass through the Milvia St./Hearst Ave. intersection.

Even as bicycling increases - creating a more sustainable community in the process -  there have also been many collisions. Between 2001 and 2012, Milvia Street had the highest number of total collisions, suggesting that the road design should account for all the uses on this downtown Bicycle Boulevard. Every road and its needs are different, but an effort completed earlier this year on Hearst Avenue similarly sought to create a corridor for all types of travelers.

This project is the result of existing community planning that identified the need for a safer Milvia Street, and we need your continued participation to make it as successful as we know it can be. We hope to see you at one of our outreach events!

You can also learn more on the Milvia Bikeway project webpage or by subscribing to email updates. You can email the project team at MilviaBikewayProject@CityOfBerkeley.info  .



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