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What Does Tunnel Road Need More: Parking or Bike Lanes?

Bicycle advocates worry the city will bow to neighborhood pressure and put parking over bike lanes.

Bicycle advocates are expecting neighborhood resistance to painting bike lanes on two uphill stretches of Tunnel Road in Berkeley.

According to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, city officials aren’t replacing on-street parking with a bike lane on Tunnel Road between Domingo and the entrance to the Claremont Hotel in anticipation of neighborhood ire over the loss of parking.

The EBBC also claims that the city might allow residents to vote on whether or not a parking lane on Tunnel Road above the Uplands should be replaced with a buffered bike lane. The EBBC does not expect the vote to go in favor of the bike lane.

“The City needs to hear from us that the bike lane is a priority and that safe bike access is not a popularity contest, but rather an obligation the City has to make it's streets safe for bicycling and to encourage more residents to try bicycling.”

In April of last year, a bicyclist wearing a helmet cam recorded a hit-and-run on Tunnel Road.

The bike lanes are on the agenda for the Bicycle Subcommittee of the Berkeley Transportation Commission’s Jan. 28 meeting.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition January 23, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Berkeley has since improved its plans for Tunnel Road and are moving forward with bike lanes on Tunnel Road with parking restricted. However, this is always a political issue and public support is needed more than ever to allow Berkeley to fulfill its promise as an active, lively city with lots of people walking and bicycling. Dave Campbell Program Director East Bay Bicycle Coalition
norfitz January 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Highly combustible Tunnel Road has always been an important bike corridor for the vast population below to access the recreational areas above, but it is too narrow to safely accommodate street parking, auto and bike traffic and emergency vehicle access. An uphill bike lane would guaranty emergency vehicles a space to park.
Alex Gronke January 23, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Thanks for update Dave. Any news on the Hillegass/Ashby bike signal?
Lisa P January 24, 2013 at 05:10 AM
It terrifies me biking up Tunnel, but I still do it because it's one of the few ways to get up into the hills. I vote for a bike lane please!

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