Pedestrian safety is (once again) on the agenda of the Castro Valley MAC meeting on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library. BikeWalkCV has been working with the school district to identify both short- and long-term solutions to many of the dangerous areas for pedestrians in our community. Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi will be presenting some of these at the MAC meeting, and it’s a chance for all of us to tell Alameda County Public Works what our community needs.
Some of the improvements that CVUSD will be asking to implement immediately include:
- High-visibility crosswalks (with flashing lights) near schools
- A scramble crossing (all-way walk) in front of the high school and other locations
- Protected crossings for pedestrians and signal delays (when pedestrians get the walk signal several seconds before cars get a green light to turn)
- Additional crossing guards across the district
- Improved crossing guard communications and recruiting
Oversight of Public Works
Asking for specific improvements at MAC meetings has, on occasion, accelerated the pace of improvements in Castro Valley. However, this scattershot and arbitrary approach is not enough. We need consistent, transparent oversight of Public Works. While the planned Eden Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is a good start, it is slated to be run by Public Works, and thus not a good venue for oversight. We will be asking for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, which will instead report to the Board of Supervisors. This structure can result in holding Public Works accountable to our community.
Join Us and Speak Up!
We encourage and invite the community to attend this MAC meeting, share your experiences, and push for change. Far too many of us have stories of accidents or close calls — the MAC meeting is a chance to share those with the community.
I know this is not the first time we’ve had a call for action to speak at a MAC meeting about pedestrian safety — and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. But with every meeting we have brought more voices, we have been louder, and we have put more pressure on Alameda County. Working together, we will make this a safer community for us all.