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Bike workshop set for Thursday; bike safety class Saturday

Submitted by on 1, March 25, 2009 – 6:45 amOne Comment

gviewThe city is updating its bicycle master plan, and they want your help. They’re holding a community workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Alameda High School cafeteria, which is at 2201 Encinal Avenue (but they’re saying to enter on Central). At the workshop, you can offer your input on what’s most important to you (think bike racks, additional bike lanes and off-street trails).

For more information, call Barry Bergman at 749-5916 or e-mail him at bbergman@ci.alameda.ca.us.

Meanwhile, the city’s transportation commission will be reviewing a draft of the plan update at its meeting tonight. The meeting starts at 7:30, and the information that one is here. The plan has not been updated since 1999.

And last but not least, BikeAlameda is hosting a series of free bike safety classes. The first one is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at Crosstown Coffeehouse, 1303 High Street. The class, which is for kids and adults 14 and up, will teach the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance and legal rights and responsibilities. A bicycle is not needed for the course. A second class is scheduled for April 18 at Crosstown. For more information on the classes, click here.

An on-road course is scheduled for May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Avenue.

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    The draft Bike Plan policies were on the agenda at Wednesday night’s Transportation Commission. I am very pleased with them overall, and look forward to our first truly updated Bicycle Master Plan since 1999. Unfortunately, not much of the infrastructure has changed for cyclists in Alameda since 1999 and most of the old plan’s priorities and projects (especially an estuary crossing that is bike and pedestrian friendly) remain unmet and unbuilt.

    Nonetheless, we have made substantial progress, thanks to the efforts of many BikeAlameda volunteers, led by Lucy Gigli and the members of BA’s board.

    Thursday night’s workshop is a great opportunity to see the draft bike plan and help finish it up.

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