A win for street standards; downtown Davis car parking

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.

Re-striping and street standards; CR 32A agreement reached

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!

 A non-conforming, yet freshly re-striped section of F street

A non-conforming, yet freshly re-striped section of F street

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.

Spring 2018 Newsletter: JUMP E-bike share arriving soon

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.

Big News for Davis to Sacramento Biking

"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.