tabber2Overview The City has funding to develop a concept of potential improvements for Central Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Sherman Street. Purpose: This concept study will include an outreach process, options analysis and partial design for this corridor and for the proposed adjacent San Francisco Bay Trail behind Encinal High School.Focus Areas: The plan will focus on school, transit, truck and jobs access, two five-legged intersections, bikeway treatments, a potential reduction of travel lanes and the extension of paths along the bay waterfront. Contacts: Please direct questions or concerns to Gail Payne, Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 510-747-7948 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bike Walk Alameda, which is the community-based organization (CBO) for the project, will be working in conjunction with Public Works staff on the outreach effort.Funding: This complete street corridor concept study is funded by Caltrans through a Community-based Transportation Planning grant. The local match is paid for by the Alameda County Transportation Commission through Measure B - Alameda County's transportation sales tax. Details The project area is along Central Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Sherman Street and the adjacent proposed San Francisco Bay Trail behind Encinal High School. Existing ConditionsCentral Avenue is in school and recreation zones, an island arterial and a truck and transit route. Central Avenue is designated as State Highway 61 between Webster Street and Sherman Street. Sidewalks and on-street parking exist on both sides of the street. No bikeways exist except for a path between Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. AC Transit Lines 20, W, 631 and 661 run along Central Avenue. Housing in this area is varied from expensive gated communities, to middle and low income. Why this project?A proposed bikeway on Central Avenue is listed as a high priority in the Bicycle Master Plan Update and the street is shown as a bicycle priority street in the City’s Transportation Element. The proposed bikeway project directly supports General Plan Policy 4.3.3.a, “Maintain and implement the Bicycle Master Plan with regard to physical system improvements (especially the identified priority projects), as well as programs and policies relating to encouragement, education and enforcement.” Further, the project supports General Plan City Design Element policies maximizing access to the shoreline. Road Diet ConsiderationThe reduction of motor vehicle travel lane(s) - also known as a "road diet" - will be considered in that it provides the opportunity to reallocate space for other uses such as a bikeway, left-turn lanes and additional parking. According to the Federal Highway Administration, streets with travel lane reductions have multiple benefits for vehicles as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, such as:Decrease vehicle travel lanes for pedestrians to cross;Allow for better visibility of pedestrians waiting or attempting to cross the street;Improve circulation for bicyclists when a bikeway is added;Provide the opportunity for additional on-street parking, which is also a buffer between pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles;Reduce rear-end and side-swipe collisions; andImprove speed limit compliance. Maps . Schedule . Town Hall .