Title 176b83b51c0f9baf5d60f10178040cff98d2a32a945ba8d4cb618412e6bc1740

Project:

Complete Streets Upgrade of Relinquished Route 84 in Centerville PDA, Phase 1

Checklist:

Thornton Avenue Improvements - Blacow Road to Fremont Boulevard   

Name:
Thornton Avenue Improvements - Blacow Road to Fremont Boulevard
    
Description:
Thornton Avenue improvements will narrow traveled lanes; install bicycle detection, buffered bike lanes, pedestrian countdown heads and accessible pushbuttons at all signals; install pedestrian safety improvements near Thornton Junior High School such as curb extensions, reduced curb radii, new crosswalks with pedestrian hybrid beacons at other crossing locations; and stripe green-skip striping through conflict zones
    
Status:
Approved
    
Project:
Complete Streets Upgrade of Relinquished Route 84 in Centerville PDA, Phase 1
    
Location:
Fremont
    
Contact Name:
Jeanne Suyeishi
    
Contact Email:
jsuyeishi@fremont.gov
    
Contact Phone:
5104944728
    
Contact Address:

39550 Liberty Street
Fremont, CA 94538

    
1a: What bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are currently included on the facility or on facilities it intersects or crosses? Please check all that apply.
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-outs
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelter
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    

     
: Please provide specifics of any items checked above.
    
Bicycle detection, pedestrian countdown, accessible pushbuttons and two directional curb ramps per intersection will be installed at all signals. New crosswalks with pedestrian hybrid beacons are proposed at several locations.

     
1b: If there are no existing pedestrian or bicycle facilities, how far from the proposed project are the closest parallel bikeways and walkways?
    
0-1/4 mile
1/4 mile to 1/2 mile
1/2 mile to 1 mile
1+ mile

     
1c: Please indicate needed pedestrian, bicycle, or transit improvements in the project area that staff or the public have identified
    
Improved lighting
sidewalks
Improve intersections
Mid-block crossings
Accommodations for the elderly or disabled or school age children
School age children
Transit shelters
ADA facilities
Widened curb lanes
Bicycle parking
Traffic signals responsive to bicycles
Shorter vehicular traffic signal cycles
Addressing choke points or gaps in pedestrian or bicycle
RR crossings
Bike racks on busses
Widened or better-lit under crossings
Removed slip lanes
Right turn only lanes
None

     
: Other
    

     
1d: Please describe the overall context of the project area:
    
Thornton Avenue provides direct access to single and multi-family residential neighborhoods, public and private schools, local shopping centers and regional auto access to Interstate 880. Two schools front Thornton Avenue, making it an important school route for all modes.

     
1e: What existing challenges could the proposed project improve for bicycle, pedestrian, or transit travel in the vicinity of the proposed project?
    
Unresponsive signals to bicycles
Lack of bicycle parking
Freeway on-off ramps
Narrow curb lanes
Choke points
RR crossings
No bike racks on buses
Wide roadway crossings
Long signal cycles which require pedestrians to wait long periods of time
Short signal crossing times
Narrow undercrossings, overcrossings
Slip lanes
Sidewalk obstruction or missing sidewalk
Pedestrian-level lighting
Lack of ADA compliant facilities
Lack of Transit vehicle stops

     
: Other
    

     
2a: What trip generators (existing and future) are in the vicinity of the proposed project that might attract walking or bicycling customers, employees, students, visitors or others?
    
Educational institutions
Transit stations
Senior centers
High-density land uses
Downtowns
Shopping areas
Medical centers
Major public venues
Government buildings
Parks

     
: Other
    

     
3a: Have you considered collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians along the route of the facility?
    
Yes

     
: If so, please provide the number of collisions and describe the outcomes of each:
    
In the City of Fremont, for year 2013, there were 51 bicyclists involved in collisions, of which 11% were either killed or injured. The pedestrian data shows that on average, there are between 42-51 pedestrians involved in collisions per year.

     
: If so, what resources have you consulted?
    
Police Department Collision/Traffic Reports, Crossroads Database, California Office of Traffic Safety collision statistics, Statewide Integrated Traffic Report System (SWITRS)

     
4a: Do any adopted plans call for the development of bicycle or pedestrian facilities on, crossing or adjacent to the proposed facility/project?
    
City or town bicycle plan
Countywide bicycle plan
City or town pedestrian plan
Countywide pedestrian plan
Combined bicycle and pedestrian plan
ADA transition plan
General plan
Specific plan
Regional transportation Plan
Sales tax expenditure plan
Station area access plan
No plans

     
: Other
    

     
: Is the proposed project consistent with these plans?
    
Yes

     
5a: Do any local, statewide or federal policies call for incorporating bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities into this project?
    
Caltrans Deputy Directive 64
Caltrans Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000)
ACR 211
MUTCD 2003
MUTCD California supplement
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
MTC Pedestrian Districts Study
None
more

     
: Other
    
City of Fremont Bike and Ped Master Plan, ACTC Bik & Ped Master Plan

     
: If so, have the policies been followed?
    
Yes

     
5b: N/A
    
No

     
5c: If this project includes a bicycle and/or pedestrian facility, which applicable design standards or guidelines have been followed?
    
AASHTO bicycle and pedestrian design guides
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
Caltrans Design Information Bulletin 89
Caltrans Highway Design Manual
Caltrans California MUTCD
Caltrans Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in California
FHWA MUTCD
ITE Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
N/A - no bicycle or pedestrian facilities included
None

     
6a: What comments have been made regarding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations at BPAC, stakeholder, or public meetings at which the proposed project has been discussed?
    
We have received a lot of feedback from the BPTAC and community regarding a lack of bicycle and pedestrians accommodations along the project limits. The section of Fremont Blvd has been mentioned specifically by the BPTAC as one of the major challenges and gap for bicyclists as there are no bike lane facilities between Thornton Avenue and Peralta Boulevard while the adjacent segments provide bike lane facilities. There are also a number of uncontrolled pedestrian crossings along the project limits that have been identified as major challenges for the community and in need of improvement. There was a pedestrian that was struck and killed in 2015 crossing Fremont Blvd between Thornton Ave and Bonde Way. The crossing at Bonde Way has a high number of pedestrians as it serves the Centerville Train Station and a number of bus drop off locations along Fremont Blvd. A pedestrian was severely injured in 2015 at this crossing after being dropped off by the Stanford Shuttle and trying to cross the street to access the train station. Most recently, we have heard from the community and the Fremont Unified School District regarding the intersection of Thornton Avenue and San Pedro Drive. An elementary school student was severely injured crossing the intersection on April 3, 2017. Based on the community and stakeholder feedback, there is a great need to improve the bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the project corridor.

     
: How have you responded to comments received?
    
We have mentioned the Route 84 Relinquishment Complete Street Improvements and the features that are being installed to address their concerns.

     
7a: What accommodations, if any, are included for bicyclists and pedestrians in the proposed project design?
    
Class I bicycle paths
Class II bicycle lanes
Class III bicycle routes
Class IV bikeways
Bicycle boxes
Raised separated bikeways
Bicycle Boulevards
Bicycle parking
Sidewalks on one side or both sides of street
Widened sidewalks
Marked crosswalks
Protected intersection
Painted conflict zones
Narrow unpaved path
Pedestrian-actuated traffic signals or routine pedestrian cycle
Bulb-out
Bicycle actuated traffic signals or routine bicyclist cycle
High visibility crosswalks
Pedestrian-level lighting
ADA-compliant ramps
Traffic signal push buttons
Refuge islands on roadways
Transit shelters
Wide curb lanes
Right turn only lanes
Transit vehicle stops
Pedestrian countdown signals
Way-finding or directional signage
None

     
: Other
    

     
8a: Will the proposed project remove an existing bicycle or pedestrian facility or block or hinder bicycle or pedestrian movement?
    
No

     
: If yes, please describe situation in detail.
    

     
8b: If the proposed project incorporates neither bicycle nor pedestrian facilities, or if the proposed project would hinder bicycle or pedestrian travel, list reasons why the project cannot be re-designed to accommodate these facilities.
    
n/a

     
: Was a road diet or car parking removal considered?
    

     
: What would be the cost of the added bicycle and/or pedestrian facility?
    

     
: If the proposed project incorporates bicycle or pedestrian improvements, what proportion is the bicycle and/or pedestrian facility of the total project cost?
    

     
: If right-of-way challenges are the reason for the hindrance, please explain the analysis that led to this conclusion.
    

     
9a: How will access for bicyclists and pedestrians be maintained during project construction?
    
Alternative signed bicycle route
Alternative signed pedestrian route
Separated pedestrian pathway
Other

     
: Other
    

     
10a: What agency will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the facility?
    
City of Fremont

     
10b: How will ongoing maintenance be budgeted?
    
Through the City's CIP