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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

HELP MAKE IT EASIER TO WALK IN BERKELEY
Complete survey, identify problems and attend Dec. 1 Open House

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 20, 2018) - We're looking to make Berkeley an even more walkable city, and we're hoping you'll complete a survey and come to a Dec. 1 meeting to help us do so.

Our goal is to update our pedestrian plan, a blueprint to guide how projects will make it safer and more comfortable for people of all ages to walk across our city.  

The pedestrian plan will analyze pedestrian crash data throughout Berkeley, identify problem areas or intersections and propose solutions. Input from you and others who walk Berkeley's streets is critical:

  • Fill out our pedestrian survey
  • Use our pedestrian wikimap to:
    • Identify pedestrian routes that you walk, dislike walking or enjoy because they are great streets or paths;
    • Describe routes
    • Agree or disagree with others' suggestions; 
  • Attend a Dec. 1 open house, where you can talk to staff and further identify routes of concern and discuss the tools we can use to improve them.

Pedestrian Plan Open House
Saturday, December 1, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Francis Albrier Community Center
2800 Park Street

Come ready to discuss where you like to walk, where you don't like to walk and discuss tools we can use. You'll get to talk to staff and provide input about all things pedestrian: crosswalks, sidewalks, street trees, walking to work and more. We'll have staff at each display area answering questions, and taking input.

Berkeleyans already love to walk. Berkeley has the highest walking commute rate of any city in the State with a population of at least 5,000, and the second highest walking commute rate in the country among cities with a population between 100,000 and 200,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Still, we want to improve. Some of the projects we've taken on in recent years underscore tools we'll want to consider going forward:

  • Pedestrian beacons, such as the one on Harmon Street crossing Adeline Street.
  • Curb extensions, such as the one on Russell Street crossing Shattuck Avenue, which make it safer for kids to walk to Sylvia Mendez Elementary.
  • Eliminating sidewalk gaps, such as the sidewalk created on Hearst Avenue bordering the UC Berkeley campus.
  • High visibility crosswalks, which have been implemented across Berkeley, to increase crosswalk safety

We'll use proximity to schools, transit access and socioeconomic equity as key benchmarks to prioritize projects.

We'll have another public open house in the Spring to present recommended projects and their prioritization. The Pedestrian Master Plan is expected to be presented to the City Council for approval in June 2019.

Learn more about the Pedestrian Master Plan project, complete the survey, fill out our wiki and come to our open house. We want to make it easier to walk Berkeley!

 

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