Title 176b83b51c0f9baf5d60f10178040cff98d2a32a945ba8d4cb618412e6bc1740

Project:

Southside Complete Streets & Transit Improvements

Checklist:

Southside Complete Streets & Transit Improvements   

Name:
Southside Complete Streets & Transit Improvements
    
Description:
Pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight improvements on Telegraph Ave, Bancroft Wy, Dana St, and Fulton St.
    
Status:
Approved
    
Project:
Southside Complete Streets & Transit Improvements
    
Location:
Berkeley
    
Contact Name:
Kamala Parks
    
Contact Email:
kparks@cityofberkeley.info
    
Contact Phone:
5109817066
    
Contact Address:

Public Works - Transportation Division
1947 Center St, 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

    
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.
    
Existing bikeway facilities do not meet the current demand for a low-stress biking network connecting the City to UC Berkeley's campus. However, the City's first parking protected cycle track is found on a portion of Fulton Street in the area. Bike parking is found mostly on Telegraph, Bancroft, and UCB's campus. Wayfinding is found on the bike boulevards and bike actuation or fixed time signals are found at almost every signalized intersection. Sidewalks are on both sides of the street in the entire area. High-visibility crosswalks are found primarily on Telegraph and Bancroft. ADA-compliant ramps are at every intersection and countdown ped heads are found at about half of the signalized intersections. A refuge island is only located at one location at Piedmont-Bancroft. Ped-scaled lighting is found in proximity to the campus only. It's a transit-rich environment but only a few locations have transit shelters at those locations closest to campus. There is a channelized right turn lane at two intersections, Bancroft-Fulton and Telegraph-Dwight. Many streets in the area are one-way.

     
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
    
Transit travel time reliability through this area needs to be improved. One of the keys is to develop and implement freight loading and unloading improvements for Telegraph Ave. Intersections with a channelized right turn need to be improved for better vehicle compliance and pedestrian access. Traffic signals need to be upgraded in order to allow the installation of two-way cycle tracks on one-way streets that will provide a lower stress bike network for cyclists of all ages to access the area and the campus. RRFBs will be installed at select uncontrolled crossings.

     
1d: Please describe the overall context of the project area:
    
The project area is just south of the UC Berkeley campus. Demand for walking, biking, and transit is very high. The street network, however, is currently configured to prioritize vehicle access in and out of the area with one-way streets and channelized right turns. There are few low-stress bikeways that connect the campus to this area. Telegraph Ave, particularly between Dwight and Bancroft, is rich with small commercial establishments and street vendors who all have freight loading and unloading needs.

     
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
    
High stress bike network; high speed vehicles; unreliable transit travel times

     
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?
    
No

     
: If so, please provide the number of collisions and describe the outcomes of each:
    

     
: If so, what resources have you consulted?
    

     
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
    

     
: 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?
    
There is consensus that a lower stress bikeway network and better crossing treatments are needed in this area of high cyclist, walking, and transit demand.

     
: How have you responded to comments received?
    
In person and through identification of low-stress facilities on major streets in the bike plan.

     
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
    
Loading zone improvements; bus-only lane; Rectangular rapid flashing beacons at 2 locations; traffic signal controller and head upgrades to allow for 2-way bicycle operations on one-way streets.

     
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.
    

     
: 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 Berkeley

     
10b: How will ongoing maintenance be budgeted?
    
It is an existing facility that will be repurposed for better bicycle and pedestrian access. The maintenance of the facility will be incorporated into the regular work plan (street sweeping, restriping, repaving)