Regular Walk Bike Berkeley happy hours provided a space for members to get to know each other, discuss local walking and biking issues, and organize activities.
Got the city to speed up Milvia Bikeway Improvements
More people bike on the Milvia St. bicycle boulevard than any other bikeway in the city. But, with high vehicle traffic volumes and the lack of protected bike lanes, it’s also the bikeway with the most bicycle collisions. The city plans to build protected bike lanes in 2021. They also plan to repave Milvia south of Blake (where the pavement is hazardous to people on bikes) in 2020. These timelines are unacceptable.
Walk Bike Berkeley held the East Bay’s first people-protected bike lane protest to kick off a campaign to speed up the Milvia Bikeway project. Working with Bike East Bay, our advocacy led the Mayor to commit the city to building pilot protected bike lanes by Bike to Work Day 2019 (May 9).
Walk Bike Berkeley also successfully advocated for repaving Milvia from Blake to Russell in 2019 rather than 2020.
Focused CalTrans' attention on a Berkeley Bicycle Boulevard Crossing
Walk Bike Berkeley was pleased to learn that in 2019 Caltrans will install a beacon at Virginia St. and San Pablo Ave. to improve pedestrian safety. But, Viriginia is an important bicycle boulevard and Caltrans wasn't planning to make the beacon work for people crossing San Pablo on bikes. That may change due to Walk Bike Berkeley's advocacy.
City Council Wins
Walk Bike Berkeley successfully advocated for
Inclusion of high-priority pedestrian and bicycle-focused road projects in the city's 2018-2019 Strategic Plan.
Adoption of a Vision Zero policy and development of a multi-department action plan to prevent all fatalities and serious injuries on Berkeley's streets.
Incorporation of the city’s bicycle plan recommendations into the city’s repaving policy and plans. Council referred this issue to Transportation and Public Works Commissions.