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File #: 2020-7761   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 4/21/2020
Title: Adoption of Resolution Establishing Policies on Street Width, Lane Width, Crosswalks and Bulb-Outs to Promote Safe, Livable Streets and Environmentally Sustainable Transportation Choices; and Recommendation to Provide Direction to Staff on Tools for Improving Safety at Intersections. (Planning, Building and Transportation 4227287) [Not heard on March 17, 2020]
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Street Width Guidelines, 2. Resolution, 3. Correspondence - Updated 4-21
Title

Adoption of Resolution Establishing Policies on Street Width, Lane Width, Crosswalks and Bulb-Outs to Promote Safe, Livable Streets and Environmentally Sustainable Transportation Choices; and
Recommendation to Provide Direction to Staff on Tools for Improving Safety at Intersections. (Planning, Building and Transportation 4227287) [Not heard on March 17, 2020]
Body
To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On September 3, 2019, the City Council approved a Council Referral to "Consider Providing Direction to Staff on Transportation Priorities in Advance of the Active Transportation Plan Work." The enclosed resolution addresses several of the requested short term actions, including an updated policy on lane widths and bike lanes, and, by addressing crosswalks and bulb-outs, it provides direction for the development of a "safety toolkit." Staff are continuing to work on the additional items outlined in the referral, which will be brought to future City Council meetings and/or, as appropriate, will be included in the upcoming Active Transportation Plan.

The purpose of the enclosed resolution for City Council consideration is to increase safety for all and to promote walking, biking and transit use to meet objectives in the City of Alameda General Plan, Climate Action & Resiliency Plan, and Vision Zero policy. The draft policy, if approved, will be included in the Active Transportation Plan.

Staff is also seeking public and Transportation Commission input on standards for crosswalk placement and protection, including the use of lower cost, rapid installation treatments for pedestrian bulb outs. Public input on these issues will inform the development of a "safety toolkit" of standard improvements that may be cost effectively used by the City of Alameda (City) to improve pedestrian safety throughout the City.

BACKGROUND

Between 2009 and 2018, each year an average of two people died and nine suffered severe injuries while t...

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