Updates from the Castro Valley BPAC – Spring 2016

The Castro Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) met on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, and covered the following topics:

  • Public comment: parking on “unimproved” sidewalks: The BPAC and other members of the public discussed the problem of cars parking in the pedestrian right-of-way, forcing pedestrians into the street. This is particularly a problem near Proctor Elementary, along Somerset Avenue, and along Anita Avenue. While some of those streets are getting sidewalks in the long term, the BPAC and Public Works discussed some temporary options, including asphalt curbs.
  • Bike to Work Day: The BPAC and Public Works looked at suggested items to give away at the “energizer stations” (such as at the Castro Valley BART station) on Bike to Work Day (May 12, 2016). Mini repair kits and small towelettes were among the suggested items.
  • Active Transportation Program Cycle 3 Funding Grants: Public Works is preparing to apply for grants in this cycle of the Active Transportation Program (ATP) for pedestrian and bike projects in Castro Valley. (In Cycle 2, Castro Valley was awarded grants for sidewalk projects in Castro Valley.) The BPAC reviewed the draft guidelines for this cycle and noted the changes from last year.
  • Updating the Alameda County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Unincorporated Areas: The master plan will be updated this year, and the BPAC and Public Works need to set out the scope of work for this update. The BPAC was asked to look at other community plans for best practices, such as:
    • Data collection needed
    • Bike rack programs
    • Bike boulevards
    • Connectivity with neighboring communities
    • Number of community meetings

The BPAC next meets on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Castro Valley Library. All are welcome to join as the BPAC begins working on developing the ATP grant proposals.

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