Moving forward on bike lanes near MacArthur BART
on December 17, 2009
Fans of carbon-neutral travel and cadiovascular exercise, rejoice. Oakland is taking another step toward making its streets even more amenable to bicycle transportation.
After receiving a $242,500 grant to improve bicycle access around North Oakland’s MacArthur BART station, the city is moving ahead on a series of measures. According to Jason Patton, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager, new bicycle signs are being added to to 40th Street, 41st Street, West Street, Webster Street, and Shafter Avenue.
In addition, the city is preparing to create wider bike lanes on parts of the east-west routes of 40th Street, 41st Street and West MacArthur Boulevard. These are designed to complement North Oakland’s existing north-south “bicycle boulevards” on Market Street and West Street. If all goes according to plan, cyclists would be able to ride west on 40th Street through Emeryville all the way to the new bike lane on the new Bay Bridge eastern span between West Oakland and Treasure Island.
More information is available on the city’s Public Works web page.
Ah, those Copenhagen climate change talks may drag on, but our city will soon have yet another way to keep our internal combustion engines in check. Keep it wheel, Oakland.
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