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Central Avenue Project Scheduled for City Council Meeting in February

The Central Avenue project is scheduled to come before Alameda City Council on February 24th.

The Central Avenue project is scheduled to come before Alameda City Council on February 24th.

A controversial proposal to reduce automobile travel lanes on a stretch of Central Avenue is scheduled for discussion at a special Alameda City Council meeting on February 24th.

Apparently in response to opposition, city planners have backed away from early discussions around a Shore Line Drive-style bikeway, and instead are leaning towards a three-lane proposal between Sherman Street and Main Street.

That proposal would remove two automobile travel lanes in favor of a center turn lane and two bike lanes, one on either side of the road; it would look similar to Broadway Street in Alameda.

Unclear at this point is if the new configuration will address concerns raised last year by disabled persons rights activists.

The plan promises to make Central Avenue safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. In the past, city officials said that reducing automobile traffic lanes will also reduce automobile travel times.

City staffers want council to sign-off on the plan, so they can begin to seek funding for implementation.

The meeting is slated for Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

6 comments to Central Avenue Project Scheduled for City Council Meeting in February

  • BMac

    “In the past, city officials said that reducing automobile traffic lanes will also reduce automobile travel times.”

    I would love to see you back that up. I would also love to see you honestly include what city officials have said this proposal will do.

    What a steaming pile.

  • Brian McGuire – the statement about reducing travel times comes from a City of Alameda community advisory from November last year, and was previously reported here: http://www.action-alameda-news.com/2015/11/12/central-avenue-project-scheduled-for-transportation-commission-hearing/

    Perhaps I communicated it more clearly in the November story – the City of Alameda uses the phrase “minimizes motorist delay” – but “minimizes motorist delay” in the face of new development sure sounds a lot like “reduce automobile travel times.”

    “Minimizes motorist delay with end-to-end travel time for the study area during peak congestion expected to increase up to 1.2 minutes today and up to 1.6 minutes in 2035 assuming that all the new citywide development including Alameda Point is built as planned. During off-peak times, no additional travel time is expected.”

    http://www.action-alameda-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Transportation-Commission-Considers-Safety-Improvements-to-Central-Avenue-_-City-of-Alameda.pdf

    http://alamedaca.gov/uncategorized/news/2015/11/10/transportation-commission-considers-safety-improvements-central-avenue

    The language “safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. ” is lifted verbatim from Gail Payne’s missive about the Feb 24th meeting.

    Thanks for reading!

  • BMac

    Minimizes motorist delay = reducing travel times? Time to work on that reading comprehension, or honesty.

  • More likely Ginko. I remembered the ‘minimizes motorist delay’ phrase in different specific language, which amounts to the same thing. In any event, that’s clarified now. Thanks for you help!

    But that’s all beside the point – the question is whether city planners are being honest to spin automobile travel lane reductions as a benefit to motorists, whatever the specific language.

    You’re splitting hairs between which of:

    “minimizes motorist delay”

    “reduce automobile travel times”

    uttered by city planners is the least questionable statement, missing the bigger picture in your rush to attack.

  • BMac

    “the question is whether city planners are being honest to spin automobile travel lane reductions as a benefit to motorists, whatever the specific language.”

    If you spent more time listening to the presentations instead of trying to find a gotcha moment to expose the vast staff conspiracy, you would understand that they are referring to federal data that indicates a 4 to 3 lane reduction results in fewer accidents and injuries for motorists.

  • I did see that reference, and that data. I also saw the questionable claims in November about benefits for motorists. I’ve also reviewed the dataset from Gail Payne that has the accidents, injuries and collision information for that stretch of Central Avenue. That dataset wasn’t so compelling to me in terms of identifying a big problem. I’ve heard the same from others.

    Look, if you prefer stenographic reporting, there are plenty of other local outlets that do that. It’s not looking for a “vast staff conspiracy” to cast a critical eye on statements issued from city hall.

    If people want to hear all the glossy statements from city staff, they are welcome to attend the Feb 24th meeting, which is why I published the date and location.

    Addendum: Sorry, I just realized that you want stenographic reporting when you agree with the message, and critical review when you don’t. Got it.

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