Upcoming Events

Oct
28
Thu
5:00 pm AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in ... @ Everest Kitchen
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in ... @ Everest Kitchen
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in person!! Eat, drink & problem-solve!! @ Everest Kitchen | Albany | California | United States
Come and talk about walking and cycling in Albany, while eating delicious Nepalese & Indian food in Everest Kitchen’s Parklet! All are invited. Got a gripe, question or idea that would make cycling or walking[...]
7:00 pm Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The monthly Transportation Commission Meeting, the Fourth Thursday of every month, is a great place to make your ideas known, find out about the transportation issues and projects in Albany, and help improve things for[...]
Nov
3
Wed
7:30 pm “Bay Trail Confidential” free Zo...
“Bay Trail Confidential” free Zo...
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
"Bay Trail Confidential" free Zoom program
Kensington resident, avid cyclist and AS&R member/volunteer Rodney Paul wants to let everyone on the list know about a FREE Zoom program he hosts called Bay Trail Confidential.  Each month, he highlights different public spaces[...]
Nov
11
Thu
7:00 pm AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited to... @ St. Alban's Episcopal Church
AS&R Meeting – You’re Invited to... @ St. Alban's Episcopal Church
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AS&R Meeting - You're Invited to Join Virtually! @ St. Alban's Episcopal Church
Have a gripe, an idea or some input about anything that would further cycling and pedestrian conditions here in Albany? Then join us at our next meeting (every other month – odd-numbered months) where we[...]
Nov
25
Thu
7:00 pm Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The monthly Transportation Commission Meeting, the Fourth Thursday of every month, is a great place to make your ideas known, find out about the transportation issues and projects in Albany, and help improve things for[...]
Dec
1
Wed
7:30 pm “Bay Trail Confidential” free Zo...
“Bay Trail Confidential” free Zo...
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
"Bay Trail Confidential" free Zoom program
Kensington resident, avid cyclist and AS&R member/volunteer Rodney Paul wants to let everyone on the list know about a FREE Zoom program he hosts called Bay Trail Confidential.  Each month, he highlights different public spaces[...]
Dec
23
Thu
5:00 pm AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in ... @ Everest Kitchen
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in ... @ Everest Kitchen
Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AS&R Happy Hour Meeting back in person!! Eat, drink & problem-solve!! @ Everest Kitchen | Albany | California | United States
Come and talk about walking and cycling in Albany, while eating delicious Nepalese & Indian food in Everest Kitchen’s Parklet! All are invited. Got a gripe, question or idea that would make cycling or walking[...]
7:00 pm Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Transportation Commission Meetin... @ Council Chambers, City Hall
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The monthly Transportation Commission Meeting, the Fourth Thursday of every month, is a great place to make your ideas known, find out about the transportation issues and projects in Albany, and help improve things for[...]

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Sprouts Gets Even Better!

The image above is of the latest retail component of the University Village Mixed-Use Project at San Pablo and Monroe.  This plan was prepared in response to input from CalTrans and Albany’s Planning and Zoning Commission.  It was presented at the last Traffic and Safety Commission meeting on June 27th.

This plan eliminates the two driveways from San Pablo into the Sprouts parking lot that were part of the previous plan.  These make the cycle track and sidewalk along San Pablo much more cycling and pedestrian friendly.  It also dramatically increases the odds of CalTrans approving the cycle track (which is needed because it is proposed to be in CalTrans’ right-of-way).

Not only were the driveways eliminated, the former position of the southern driveway is now proposed as a plaza with seating, which makes for an even more welcoming pedestrian environment.  The former position of the north driveway is now a walking path along Village Creek, which then curves around the west side of the property to connect to Monroe.

AS&R can’t claim credit for any of these improvements.  Thanks for the driveway elimination are due to Planning and Zoning Commissioner Phillip Moss and the CalTrans review team assembled by District 4 Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Beth Thomas.  Thanks for the path along Village Creek is owed to Albany resident Ed Fields, who realized the previous plan did not accord with the amenity list included in one of the Council approvals a year ago.  However without a willing and fast-acting retail developer and major tenant that actually listen, all this input might have been for naught.  So thanks and appreciation are also due to Oppidan (which appropriately is a word that means “of the town as opposed to the university”).

Albany has informed AS&R the project will be studied again by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its July 24th meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.  If you have written input you would like to provide, you can send it to cityhall@albanyca.org.  You could commend the project for being the first to propose a cycle track along a major commercial street in the East Bay, and perhaps the first along a commercial portion of a State highway.  You could ask the project to improve the cycling accommodation along Monroe.

The agenda to the P&Z meeting is here and this is the third agenda item.

It is unlikely to come up before 7:30, but you can monitor the meeting on Cable Channel 33 or streaming  if you want to time your arrival.  You can also offer input and/or encouragement by email to cityhall@albanyca.org.

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