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Submitted by on 1, April 8, 2008 – 7:14 amNo Comment

The city is studying options for what could be the Holy Grail for Alameda’s bicycle commuters: a link to Oakland across the estuary that doesn’t negate all the health benefits of cycling. They’re in the midst of a feasibility study and will be holding public meetings on it this Thursday and Saturday.

The consultant on the project is reviewing options “such as a new tube, bridge or ferry as well as amphibious vehicles or a bus barge,” per the city’s website, and are supposed to come up with a top three (I’m pulling for the submarine!). An Oakland link (other than the narrow sidewalk that traverses the smog-choked Posey Tube) is the top priority in the city’s six-year-old bicycle master plan, and this is the first step in making it happen.

The city’s saying they expect redevelopment to possible generate significant bike and pedestrian trips. And oh yeah, congestion in the Tubes could grow too.

The study to date is costing $220,000, including $100,000 in city money.

The meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St. #290, in Oakland; and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive. Community meetings on project alternatives are scheduled for mid-May, and final meetings on preferred alternatives could be held this fall. More information is available here.

Also: Are the folks on the school board finally going to get a well-deserved early night? The Island just noticed this on the board’s agenda for tonight:

Adjournment of the Public Session will be no later than 10:30 p.m. for all regular and special meetings, unless extended by a majority vote of the Board.

I’m rooting for you, guys!

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