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Time for a diet, a road diet!

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 6, 2014

In case you are unaware, the upcoming planning commission meeting on Thursday, Oct 9th will be considering “road diets” for Grand and Highland Avenues. The city has a lot of information on their website and there is also a Facebook page with information.

You can write the city care of Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us expressing your support for a road diet for Grand Ave. Also plan on attending the planning commission meeting at 5 pm on Monday, October 13 at 5 pm in council chambers at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

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Public Workshop: How to Make Walking and Biking in Piedmont Safer and Easier

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2013

On October 30, 2013, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission  will host a public workshop on the recently launched process to develop Piedmont’s first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). The purpose of the workshop is to hear from members of the community about the needs and concerns of pedestrians and cyclists in Piedmont; the obstacles and challenges to walking and biking in our city; and the public’s ideas for making walking and biking in Piedmont safer and easier. The input will be used to develop and prioritize recommended improvements throughout the city. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall (711 Highland Avenue).

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

In order to hear from as many people as possible, the City has also developed an online survey on the same subject (www.surveymonkey.com/s/WalkBikePiedmont). Everyone who responds to the survey will be eligible to win one of three donated $25 gift cards for Mulberry’s Market (courtesy of the City’s consultant on the PBMP). The survey will remain open through November 16, 2013. People are also encouraged to email any additional thoughts and comments on the needs and challenges to walking and biking in Piedmont to Kate Black, City Planner, at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

In the meantime, the City is wrapping up an “existing conditions” report for the PBMP. This background report summarizes existing local conditions and issues relevant to walking and biking in Piedmont. It covers such topics as the city’s street network, key destinations around the city, facilities for walking and biking, and collision statistics. The report will be made available to the public for review and comment once it has been finalized.

The PBMP is being funded entirely through a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC; http://www.alamedactc.org) and through the City’s existing funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (pass-through Measure B funds), also distributed by the Alameda CTC.

For more information about the PBMP, contact Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us or at (510) 420-3063.

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Bike Commuting Increasing in USA

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 28, 2009

From the League of American Bicyclist newsletter:

43 Percent Increase in Bicycle Commuting

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), released today, 0.55 percent of American workers use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work. This is up 14 percent since 2007, 36 percent from the first ACS in 2005, and 43 percent since the 2000 Census. The League of American Bicyclists is analyzing the numbers for various locations, including League Bicycle Friendly Communities. In the meantime, you can look up this information for hundreds of communities and all of the states using the American Fact Finder.

Learn more at the LoAB’s blog.

East Bay Bike Resources

Did you know we have two great East Bay bicycle organization? Check them out for events, actions you can take to improve bike and pedestrian access, and general info.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC)

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO)

The city of Oakland also has great info on biking and pedestrain information at www.oaklandbikes.info

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Walk-to-School Day – Friday April 24th

Posted by movenden on April 22, 2009

its-cool-to-walk-to-school-200The effort to get more families to walk, bike and carpool to school continues at all three Piedmont elementary schools with a Walk to School Day on Friday April 24. The Green Committees of the Wildwood, Beach and Havens Parents’ Clubs are encouraging everyone who can to leave their cars at home that day and join with their neighbors in getting to school by foot or other gas-conserving means.

On last October’s Walk to School Day, over 73% of Beach students arrived at school by foot, on scooter, by bike or by carpool. “We’re hoping to beat that record this week,” says Beach Green Committee Chair Margaret Ovenden, adding that changing how you commute to school can contribute significantly to reducing your family’s greenhouse gas emissions. “A lot of families have stuck with walking to school over the winter months, and spring is a great time for those who haven’t to get back to it.”

This Friday’s Walk to School Day will culminate a week of activities commemorating Earth Week, including a trash weigh-in and “Garbologist Recognition” at Havens, a “Water Conservation Carnival” at Wildwood, and a “School Garden Market” at Beach.

For more information, contact Katherine O’Connor (Havens) oconnorcrew@sbcglobal.net, Suzanne Lane (Wildwood) suzannelane63@gmail.com, or Margaret Ovenden (Beach) movenden@sbcglobal.net .

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Piedmont Schools Walk-to-School Day is October 22nd

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 13, 2008

Here is a press release for next week’s Walk-to-School Day. Beach, Havens, and Wildwood elementary schools are all participating. Remember, “It’s cool to walk to school!”


Families from all three Piedmont elementary schools are being encouraged to walk, bike, scooter, and carpool to school on Wednesday October 22. The event is being organized by the “Green Committees” of the elementary schools’ Parents’ Clubs. The hope is to have sidewalks approaching all the schools filled with walkers, and the drop-off zones nearly empty of cars that day. Piedmont Walk to School Day also aims to encourage families to rethink how they travel over the long term, including the daily trip to school. Organizers believe that, for a community where so many of the families live within a quarter to half a mile of their schools, Piedmont really should be able to lower its rates of car use for school commute purposes.

Organizers are encouraging neighbors and families of classmates to make plans together ahead of time for how they can arrive at school together that day by foot, bicycle, carpool – or any other safe option that cuts down on the number of single family cars arriving at school. October 22nd is a “minimum day” for the Piedmont elementary schools, with all students on the same 8:30 a.m. start schedule (except for Piedmont Language School students, who start at 8:00 a.m.).

Already, some elementary families who used to drive are experimenting with forming their own “walking school buses.” A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school, or more structured, as a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of volunteers. Families need to meet together ahead of time, decide on the safest route from their neighborhood to school, review pedestrian safety skills with the children, and set some basic guidelines for their “bus” (for example, that the “bus” does not wait for latecomers, and families who are running late must get their children to school by other means.) The Centers for Disease Control recommends adult to child ratios of 1:3 for children ages 4-6, 1:6 for children ages 7-9, and says that fewer adults may be necessary for children ages 10 and older. For more information about walking school buses, go to http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/guide/walking_school_bus/ or http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/

The motivation behind walk-to-school efforts at the elementary schools is not only to improve traffic safety at drop-off and pick-up, but also to promote exercise, encourage community building, and help families be more “green” – by decreasing their fuel use (and reducing their carbon footprint) and giving kids and families more time to be outdoors.

Piedmont Walk to School Day is part of International Walk to School Month. Across the United States and the rest of the world, communities are coming together to promote alternatives to driving to school.

For more information, contact the schools’ Parents’ Clubs’ Green Committee Chairs: Havens – Katherine O’Connor oconnorcrew@sbcglobal.net; Wildwood – Suzanne Lane suzannelane63@gmail.com; Beach – Margaret Ovenden movenden@sbcglobal.net

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