Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

On Monday, November 3, 2014, the City Council unanimously adopted the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) (PDF) and the Initial Study/Negative Declaration. The intent of the PBMP is to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the City. Given that much of the walking and biking activity in Piedmont consists of children going to and coming from school, the PBMP pays special attention to the needs of school children. The PBMP builds on other local planning efforts, particularly the City’s General Plan, American with Disabilities Act Right-of-Way Transition Plan, Climate Action Plan and Complete Streets policy.

Safe Routes to School Component

Much of the walking and biking activity in Piedmont consists of children going to and coming from school. At the same time, children are among the most vulnerable users of the transportation system. For these reasons, the PBMP process was planned from the beginning to include a Safe Routes to School (SR2S) component. The objective was to incorporate final recommendations in the PBMP for improvements that will encourage more young Piedmonters to walk and bike to school more often.

Many members of the public spoke at the meeting in support of the plan. A notice of determination was filed with the County following the adoption of the Initial Study/Negative Declaration. 

The CEQA document and related materials for developing the plan be accessed through the PDF links provided below:

For more information about the PBMP, contact Kevin Jackson at kjackson@piedmont.ca.gov or at (510) 420-3050.

Alameda

The PBMP was funded entirely through a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission and through the City's existing funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (pass-through Measure B funds), also distributed by the Alameda CTC.

Complete Streets Policy

At its meeting of November 19, 2012, the Piedmont City Council adopted a "Complete Streets" policy for the City. The policy aims to promote the design of streets that are safer and more convenient for all users, including not only drivers but also pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, as well as children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Depending on their context, Complete Streets may include safer crosswalks, sidewalks, curb ramps, medians, bike lanes, clearer signage and striping, slower traffic speeds and landscaping, among other features. By promoting a more balanced transportation system, Complete Streets offer a number of important community benefits: they are safer and more visually appealing, give people more transportation options, help to reduce car trips and encourage physical activity. Having an adopted policy will make the City eligible for various types of transportation funds from the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The Piedmont Complete Streets policy, including the accompanying resolution, is available here.

Additional information about Complete Streets can be found at: