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Bicycle Boulevard History

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Spring 1999    

City adopted Berkeley Bicycle Plan, which includes a network of seven bicycle boulevards. 

Fall/Winter 1999

The City held a series of public workshops to develop the conceptual design of the network. These workshops and additional public input, along with guidance from the Bicycle Subcommittee of the City's Transportation Commission, resulted in the Bicycle Boulevard Design Tools and Guidelines. This report includes an inventory of the existing conditions on the bicycle boulevards. It lays out the basic bicycle boulevard features, including signs and pavement legends, plus additional traffic calming devices that could be used on the boulevards. A three-step process is outlined for implementing the bicycle boulevards:


  1. Install signs and pavement legends along all Bicycle Boulevard.
  2. Install devices to facilitate bicycle crossing of major streets, and
  3. Remove unwarranted stop signs and replace as needed with traffic calming devices.

Spring 2000

  •  The City Council authorized staff to implement the bicycle boulevards. 

Implementation History

Early 2001 

  • First signs and pavement legends installed on Hillegass/Bowditch boulevard as a demonstration. Signs were evaluated, and several sign types were modified.


  • Contra-flow bicycle lane added on Dwight (a one-way street) for southbound cyclists going from Bowditch to Hillegass.

Fall 2002 

  • Traffic signal installed at Russell and Telegraph to improve crossing for bicyclists.


  • Traffic signal installed at Virginia and 6th Street, in part to improve crossing for bicyclists.
  • Russell & Piedmont diverter was converted from a grouping of bollards to a landscaped diverter with cut-though for two-way bicycle traffic. See photo.


Winter 2002/3 

  • Signs and pavement legends installed on remaining six boulevards, completing the first phase of bicycle boulevard implementation. 

Funding Sources

To date, approximately $330,000 has been spent on implementing the Bicycle Boulevard Network. The majority ($300,000, which is about 90%) came from grant sources. The following grant sources have provided funding for bicycle boulevard implementation:  


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