The city is considering modifications to the “green piles” program (also called “loose in the streets collection”). You know, the piles of leaves and branches that too often obstruct bike lanes, forcing cyclists to merge with traffic, and generally discouraging bicycling. (We recently wrote an op-ed in the Enterprise about this). Public Works is requesting input from the community.
How do YOU feel about green piles as a bicyclist? Send your feedback to Public Works to share your thoughts, and ask them to consider the safety and comfort of bicyclists in their decision. You can use this sample email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to also copy email@example.com to keep us in the loop.
All feedback received will be presented at the next City Council meeting on February 5. Save the date if you’d like to provide public comments that night.
Mourning our loss
We are heartbroken by the senseless violence that took Officer Natalie Corona’s life on Thursday night. It is with great grief that we lose a part of our community. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, and her colleagues in the Davis Police Department.
A big win for safer streets
You may recall our work to ensure that future re-striping projects would follow the City's street standards, especially regarding lane widths (see previous newsletter). On June 19th we spoke at the City Council, and the Council listened. Thanks to our comments, they instructed staff to follow Street Standards on any re-striping projects. They also offered to include re-striping in the city's budget (it had been cut out since 2009).
This decision has the potential to make our streets safer for all users. Now we will continue to work with City Council and Public Works to ensure that they follow through with these good intentions.
Bike Davis Supports Paid Car Parking in Downtown Davis
Downtown doesn't have a car parking supply problem, it has a parking management problem.
The City is planning to convert about 20% of the downtown Davis car parking spaces into paid parking, to relieve pressure on the most-coveted spaces and to reduce the number of cars circling downtown to find parking.
Bike Davis agrees that this plan will help better manage car parking in downtown for the benefit of all. We support the City's plan and have been encouraging the City to reinvest the parking revenue into more maintenance and beautification of downtown. The neighborhood of Old Pasadena in southern California has employed such a scheme for more than two decades, and the influx of funding helped transform their downtown from economically struggling area to a vibrant entertainment district.
To get more details on the downtown car parking plan, read this blog post, written by the City Public Works Department. If you support reinvesting meter revenue into downtown, let City Council know.
Come to 6/19 City Council meeting to support cycling!
Two important bicycling items are on this Tuesday’s City Council calendar. Bike Davis has been hard at work on both in the last few months, as we've strived to improve County Road 32A for bicyclists, and to ensure proper lane widths on re-striping projects to help control vehicle speed and give bicyclists more space. Now both items are on the City Council’s calendar this Tuesday night.
Take the mic for a public comment expressing your support for these two important items!
Join us at 7.00 pm at the Council Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd, “Re-striping policy” scheduled for 8:00 pm
Re-striping to our Street Standards
Public Works has recently re-striped many streets (including F St in downtown, shown below) without adhering the City's Street Standards, which include 10-foot vehicle lanes and 7-foot bike lanes. The reason: a loophole in a staff report, which allows ignoring standards on "maintenance projects." The Council will debate a new policy to fix this loophole on Tuesday night, but nothing is won. Your voice will make a difference
Why are 10-foot lanes important for safety? This article provides some background.
County Road 32A update
The Davis Enterprise wrote a great summary of the situation with CR 32A this weekend. All mediation parties now agree to pursue a long-term option that would replace the existing rail crossing at CR 105 and CR 32A with a safer one farther east. A preliminary analysis will determine the feasibility and best location for the new crossing.
Your support for this replacement crossing would help keep the project moving, avoid having to advocate for short-term measures, and show community support for the safety of bicyclists along this corridor connecting the east side of Davis, West Sacramento and Sacramento.
E-bike share coming to Davis in May!
JUMP electric bikes, which have been operating in Washington DC since last fall and in San Francisco since February, are coming to the Sacramento area in May - including 50 e-bikes in Davis, with more to be added in the summer. Available at $4 per hour in other cities, the "dockless" e-bikes can be unlocked with a smartphone and have electric assistance up to 20 mph. Watch this short teaser video or go to SACOG's FAQ to learn more!
SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments) is coordinating this bike share program.
“How City Planning Can Impact Our Health” by Dr. Elizabeth Baca
A free talk co-hosted by Davis Futures Forum and Bike Davis
Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm, Davis City Council Chambers
Physician Elizabeth Baca currently serves as the senior health advisor in the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. In this talk she will help us understand what makes a healthy community, and will present some win-win strategies for addressing health, the economy, air quality and climate change.
There is a new theatre troupe in town...
... and they like cyclists! Bike City Theatre Company has several upcoming shows of their play "Gutenberg" in late April at Sudwerk and early May at Watermelon Music. They are planning to offer discounted tickets to Bike Davis members and people who ride a bicycle to their events. Follow our Facebook page and stay tuned for more details!
April 26, 27, 29 at Sudwerk Brewery, 2001 2nd St, Davis
May 3, 4, 5 at Watermelon Music, 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis
"Oh what fun it is to ride on CR32A…"
Really? If you've ever ridden a bike on this road east of Davis along the north side of I-80, you know that it is one of the most uncomfortable and dangerous roads in the Davis area during commute hours… unless you enjoy being passed by cars and trucks driving at freeway speeds, while riding on a narrow shoulder.
We at Bike Davis are working hard to change that and realize the construction of a bikeway on the 2-mile stretch between the railroad crossing at County Road 105 and the Yolo Causeway. This would make for a complete, protected bike route from downtown Davis to West Sacramento, with Olive Drive, old Highway 40 and the causeway as the other segments.
How would we do that? Well, you may have heard that Union Pacific Railroad has filed a request to "close, alter or relocate" the railroad crossing, which sees many motor vehicle crashes -- mostly from westbound drivers missing the sharp S-turn. The matter has gone up to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and Bike Davis has succeeded in becoming a party in the dispute between Union Pacific and several local government agencies. Bike Davis proposes a compromise solution: keep the eastbound lane of the road open to cars, and close the westbound lane to all but bicycles and farm vehicles. You can read more about our work in this Enterprise article.
The CPUC has proposed opening a voluntary mediation between all the parties. We still don't know if that mediation process will be accepted, and what will come out of it, but we will keep you informed as things evolve.
Fall is here! Are you prepared?
Summertime ... and the bikin' is easy." Now what? With a little preparation, the rainy days need not put a damper on your two-wheeled commute and errands. With a good rain jacket, rain pants, and fenders, you can keep rolling like it's 1968. Good bike lights and waterproof panniers are also a must-have for wet weather. You might also want to give your bike a tune-up, and adapt your riding style a bit - roads can be slippery, and cars won't see you as well. We turn to the rain experts for more detailed advice: check out this blog post from Portland. Or for some inspiration, check out this video of rainy day bike traffic in the Netherlands.
Anderson Road Project
The City of Davis is planning a major remodel on Anderson Road, from Russell to Covell, with the goal of making the street more friendly to all modes of transportation, including bikes. Two community workshops have been held so far and three types of "street treatments" have been selected. The City will continue to look for community feedback. Mark your agenda for the 3rd community workshop on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the evening. Stay tuned for details.
Become a bike Ambassador
We are recruiting volunteers to serve as bicycle Ambassadors for Bike Davis. Ambassadors will serve as local resources and agents of change for bicycle safety education and advocacy. They may help organize group rides, safety trainings, and will help empower bicyclists to seek improvements in biking infrastructure.
Sacramento Commute News
The City of Davis has filed a protest over Union Pacific’s application to close, alter, or relocate the rail crossing on County Road 32A, the frontage road along the north side of I-80 east of Mace Blvd. (See article in Davis Enterprise for more details.) Bike Davis is hoping that the proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission will result in a separated bike path from the crossing to the levee. This road is a key bicycling route between Davis and Sacramento.
The “Bak2Sac” program runs until December 31, 2017. If you have friends, family, or coworkers who live in Sacramento, encourage them to take advantage of the program and receive a free train trip home in exchange for not bringing a car to Davis.
Bike Davis is in the process of renewing the program for 2018
Those crunchy leaves...
Are green piles blocking your favorite bike lanes? There is an app for that! And a website, too.
Bike lane obstructions aren't only unsafe, they are illegal per City of Davis regulations, and you can report them to the City via your phone or computer. Here are links for the app: