We at BikeWalkCV wanted to learn more about the specific issues, problems, and roads that were concerning Castro Valley residents, so we reached out to residents (in person, online, and through school email lists) and invited them to take our survey. We received 280 responses from January 2015 through March 2015. Many people in Castro Valley enjoy walking or riding a bicycle, but are limited by the lack of infrastructure — read on for the full results!
Question 1: What is your connection with Castro Valley?
The vast majority (84%) of the respondents to our survey live in Castro Valley. A significant number, 41%, indicated that they enjoy cycling in Castro Valley. The full chart of responses:
Question 2: How often do you and/or your family walk or bike in Castro Valley? [pick one]
A majority (58%) of respondents indicate that they walk or bike in Castro Valley at least three times a week. Increasing this percentage will result in significant health benefits for those who begin walking or cycling more frequently. The full chart of responses:
Question 3: What types of walking and bicycling trips do you and/or your family take in Castro Valley? [check all that apply]
Over two-thirds of respondents (68%) indicate that they walk or run for exercise, and 39% indicate that they bike for exercise. The percentage of respondents who indicate that they bike to shop, work, parks, or to visit friends is relatively low, considering that the scale of the flatlands of Castro Valley is well-suited to biking. The full chart of responses:
Question 4: Please rank, in order of importance, the biggest challenges in Castro Valley to people walking and bicycling more, with 1 being the least of our challenges and 9 being our most imposing challenge.
A striking 71% of respondents selected “sidewalks are missing” as either the most imposing or second most imposing challenge. This was followed by 55% of respondents selecting “bike lanes are missing” as one of their top two imposing challenges. The challenge, “Drivers are not aware of people walking and bicycling” was selected as one of the top two imposing challenges by 41% of the respondents. The full matrix of responses is below:
Question 5: What are your top three streets for improving walking in Castro Valley?
Since the survey asked respondents to prioritize the streets named, we assigned three points to every mention of a street as a first priority, two points to every mention of a street as a second priority, and one to every mention as a third priority. Somerset Avenue was the clear “winner”, followed by Redwood Road, Seven Hills Road, and Heyer Avenue. The full tally of popular responses is below. (Note that many people gave a more general response such as “sidewalks” or “near schools”; we tried to capture them in our analysis.)
Question 6: What are your top three streets for improving bicycling in Castro Valley?
As before, since the survey asked respondents to prioritize the streets named, we assigned three points to top priorities, two points to second priorities, and one point to third priorities. We tried to capture general responses such as “more bike lanes” and “all roads near schools” in our analysis, as well. The top three streets mentioned were Somerset Avenue, Redwood Road, and Castro Valley Boulevard; Heyer Avenue was a distant fourth place. These streets form the backbone of any bicycle network in Castro Valley. The full tally of popular responses is below.
Question 7: Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements, with 1 being little agreement and 5 being strong agreement.
Probably the biggest surprise here is the number of responses from people who would like to use BART, but find themselves thwarted by the lack of bike parking, car parking, bus routes to BART, or low frequency of trains.