At a January 14th meeting, Alameda City Council will consider a transportation projects list that puts bicycle improvements projects at the top of the list.
The prioritized transportation project list is used to guide the city in planning documents and to set priority for grant applications.
Projects are scored by a number of criteria such as adherence to the Transportation Element goals of the City’s General Plan, compatibility with special plans, existing access to funding, and more.
Three of the top four projects deemed ready for implementation are bicycle related projects.
A $1.4 million project to install Class II bicycle lanes on Clement Avenue between Grand Street and Broadway ranked first. Most of the money would be spent on railroad track removal.
A general $5 million per year pavement surface maintenance project ranked second, followed by by a two-year project to help fund the estuary crossing shuttle, which helps bicyclists and pedestrians navigate the Webster and Posey Tubes in Alameda’s west end.
Blanding Avenue would see bicycle improvements too, with a $400,000 project to remove railroad tracks and construct Class II bike lanes and Class III bike routes between Oak Street and Tilden Way. It would also provides bike lanes between Park Street and Tilden Way and a bike route between Oak Street and Park Street.
The staff report accompanying the list reports that the projects on the implementation list have gone through a public review process and have been approved or generally agreed to by City Council or one of the City of Alameda’s boards or commissions.