Safety for All on Hopkins
May 10: Safety for all on Hopkins St
Whether you live or shop on Hopkins and whether you walk, bike, roll or drive, you know the current situation is chaotic and unsafe. Safety and access improvements for people walking and biking, and better parking management for businesses, will go a long way to make it less frustrating and dangerous. The city knows this and has a plan!
After multiple community meetings and several rounds of design proposals, the final design is set to be voted on by city council on May 10 (Item #33 on the action calendar). But there is still a lot of opposition and misinformation, so we need your voice!
Here’s what you can do:
Send a letter now to make sure decisionmakers know there are a lot of us who support the plan (the designs are good but not perfect, so the template letter requests a few improvements)
Chat with your neighbors and dispel the misinformation out there (talking points below)
Show up (via Zoom) on May 10 and give public comment to approve item #33, the Hopkins Corridor plan
Here’s some asks to hit in your comments:
Please approve the plan with Walk Bike Berkeley’s suggested changes
We ask that the 2-way cycle track be extended all the way to Sutter so cyclists do not have to mix with car traffic
Narrow car travel lanes and widen bike lanes. Narrow streets are slow streets!
I support CM Kesarwani's supplemental item to look into extending these bike lanes all the way down Hopkins! Connecting to the bike boulevard on Ninth Street would be beneficial to neighbors and create a more complete bike network
If you live on Hopkins and would walk or bike more because of these changes, please mention that!
Join the meeting May 10 at 6pm, but remember this item won’t be heard until later in the evening. Following #berkmtg on Twitter can help if you want to comment on an item but you’re not sure when it’ll come up.
Replacing parking with bike lanes does not kill local businesses. In fact, making it safe for all people to visit your business can boost sales! (source)
Paint doesn't protect. Bike lanes need a physical barrier between humans and cars to make sure we don't have more cyclist deaths in this area. Protected bike lanes save lives (source).
Protected bike lanes are bike lanes that get used. 71% of Berkeley residents are interested in cycling more but concerned about safety (source). Give them safe bike lanes and they will use them.
Traffic will worsen if there are no other options. People who don't need to drive will find another way.
Why Hopkins Street? It's the heart of a thriving commercial district (which people want to get to), it's a gentle incline, close to multiple schools, and it's in the city's Bike Plan.
Why stop at Gilman? There should be bike lanes the entire length of Hopkins.