SafeTREC-UCTC Seminar: Bikeways in Berkeley

January 31, 2014

Bikeways in Berkeley

Presentation by Eric Anderson, City of Berkeley




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Abstract: The City of Berkeley has had a Bike Plan since 1971, one of the first city bike plans in the US. The plan was comprehensively updated and expanded in the 1990's, resulting in a new Berkeley Bicycle Plan which was adopted by the Berkeley City Council in 2000. The new plan laid out Berkeley's Bicycle Boulevards which were based in part on the foundational bikeway network identified in the 1971 Plan. In Spring of 2014 the City of Berkeley will kick off the first comprehensive update of the Plan since 2000. This presentation will discuss the historical evolution of the Berkeley Bike Plan from its origins in 1971 through its role as a next-generation implementation tool of Complete Streets; trace the development of Bicycle Boulevards as the backbone of Berkeley's Bikeway Network and their success or failure as measured by bicycle counts and historical collision analysis; and conclude with a discussion of what might be next for Berkeley's bikeways and bikeway network. Design details of some current and upcoming projects will be covered, illustrating how Berkeley projects have already begun to integrate the most recent guidance from updated state and federal design guidance and other documents such as NACTO.

Speaker Bio: Eric Anderson has fourteen years of experience in the bicycle and pedestrian transportation field, spanning academic, agency, consulting and advocacy roles. He recently concluded six years of service on the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Board of Directors and continues to be active in organizing an APBP Local Chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eric is a frequent guest lecturer in the UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning, has served as an instructor for the UC [IN]City Summer Planning Institute and has presented at conferences throughout North America. Before his current position as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Planner for the City of Berkeley, California, he worked for Alta Planning + Design. He previously served as the Director of Planning for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition where he was involved with the planning and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian projects at the regional, county and local level as well helping to develop the Federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. Eric worked as one of the first staff members for the City of Chicago Bicycle Program, where he biked to every neighborhood in the city while conducting fieldwork. His first paid job in nonmotorized transportation was delivering a paper route by bicycle and foot at age 11.