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Help make Milvia Street safer for all road users

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 23, 2019) - Come learn and give feedback about plans to install a protected bikeway, increase safety at intersections, and calm traffic along Milvia Street – Berkeley’s key north-south bikeway.

At a January 30th open house, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with City staff and provide input on the project to improve the Milvia Street Bicycle Boulevard between Hearst and Blake streets. We’ll show design options to look at and comment upon.  

The project proposes to build a protected bikeway -- a bicycle lane protected from vehicle traffic by a physical barrier. We’re looking at traffic calming measures at certain intersections, such as Milvia Street and University Avenue, where a “protected intersection” would separate cars, bikes, and people walking to improve safety for all users. 

The input from you and others will help determine what other changes may be needed for this busy downtown street. 

Learn more on the Milvia Bikeway project webpage and by subscribing to email updates. Join us in person for the Open House:

Milvia Bikeway Open House 
Wednesday, January 30th 
5:00pm to 7:00pm 
Berkeley High School Library  
1980 Allston Way

Some goals of the project are to: 

• Increase safety for everyone travelling on Milvia, whether walking, biking, or driving 
• Close a gap in the City’s “low-stress” bikeway network to encourage cycling by Berkeleyans of all ages and abilities 
• Improve walking and biking access to businesses and transit
• Help achieve the City’s Climate Action Plan goals by shifting to the less polluting modes of transportation of walking, biking, and transit

Berkeley has the nation’s highest bike-to-work rate for cities over 100,000 residents, and more people are biking than ever before, particularly on Milvia. During the 2-hour peak evening commute, over 500 bicyclists pass through the intersection of Milvia Street and Channing Way. Over 400 bicyclists pass through the intersection of Milvia Street at Hearst Avenue at that time.

Bicycling has been increasing in Berkeley, but there have also been an increasing number of collisions. Between 2001 and 2012, Milvia Street had the highest number of total collisions, suggesting that the road design of this downtown Bicycle Boulevard can be improved. 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 on the 30th!

For further questions about the project, please contact the project team at MilviaBikewayProject@CityOfBerkeley.info. Visit the project website for additional information, and subscribe to our email distribution list for project updates.


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