Friday, March 19, 2010

Missing Links; A Follow Up

The AIA East Bay Missing Links Town Hall Forum on February 24, 2010 was well attended by concerned stakeholders and other members of the public. The RUD Committee has invited the panelists for a short discussion of the next steps. AIA East Bay Chapter Members are invited to learn how this local transportation issue has the potential to impact regional and national policies.

If you have ever ridden a bike through the Posey Tube there is a good chance you were at the Missing Links Forum. The Missing Links Town Hall Forum focused largely upon the difficulty of biking or walking between Alameda and Oakland.
A report initiated by Alameda, Oakland, Bike Alameda, Caltrans and ACTIA was released in January and provided substantial current information about the various options to provide better pedestrian and bike access across the estuary. Click here to view the report.

The panelists also recognized that the problems for vehicle connections to Alameda are a major issue of concern to businesses and residents on both sides of the Estuary. Chinatown, in particular experiences profound health and safety impacts from the two vehicular tubes.

The resolution of vehicular connections will take years. Public funds for a comprehensive solution is unlikely to be available in the near future. In addition, vehicular connections are invariably affected by development of any kind in Alameda. During the panelists question period, it became clear that the Coast Guard Facility is central to any solution for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles.

Please join the RUD Committee, Missing Links Panelists and other key stakeholders for a continuation of the discussion of these local transportation issues which have the potential to impact regional and national policies.


Regional and Urban Design Forum: Missing Links; A Follow Up

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510/464-3600 or Douglas Frazier, AIA

Cost: None; this forum is open to all AIA East Bay Chapter Members. Please RSVP.


For more information: 510/464-3600

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