PIEDMONT -- The city is seeking feedback from residents on how to improve walking and bicycling in town.
Piedmont received a $100,000 grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission to develop the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan to make traversing the city safer for children going to school, pedestrians and bicyclists. The grant includes pass-through Measure B funds also from the transportation commission.
"Piedmonters' support for the plan was a key factor in getting the grant to develop the plan," Councilman Garrett Keating said. "Residents should engage in this process to improve street crossings, bike ways and intersections in their neighborhoods."
The city wants to hear about problem areas and receive suggestions about where improvements can be made. At a recent Planning Commission meeting when the plan was introduced, suggestions included more bike racks in town, improvements to the hazardous Moraga Avenue corridor and to the area around the Piedmont Pillar at Grand and Lower Grand avenues, where numerous collisions have occurred.
Urban planner Tim Rood, a strong advocate for the plan and member of Piedmont Connect, a grass roots environmental organization, said of the plan: "I'm thrilled that Piedmont received grant funding to do this important planning work to make our streets safer (for bicyclists and pedestrians) through improvements like curb extensions, planters, improved crosswalks and ... bike route markings and signage."
Piedmont Connect is devoting a major portion of its discussions of advocacy positions regarding the plan as it unfolds, Rood said. The organization is also helping to organize the Safe Routes to School site audits at the elementary schools and middle school. Anyone interested in getting involved can sign up for updates at www.piedmontconnect.org.
A background report is in the works that summarizes existing local conditions and issues. It covers the city's network of streets, key destinations, collision statistics and other topics relevant to safety and accessibility. It will be made available to the public once it is finalized.
The city also has developed a brief online survey people are encouraged to take, whether or not they attend the workshop. Find the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/walkbikepiedmont/ or on the city's website at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.
All who respond will be eligible to win one of three donated $25 gift cards to Mulberry's Market, courtesy of the city's consultant to the plan. The survey will remain open through Nov. 16. Residents may also email their comments to City Planner Kate Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan workshop
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave.
Information: City Planner Kate Black at 510-420-3063 or email@example.com