For Immediate Release – City of Alameda Praised for Leadership in Bicycle Policy

Media Invite & Alert – October 21, 2014

From: Melissa Balmer/Media Director California Bicycle Coalition

Contact: Melissa@calbike.org Tel. 562.612-0197 Cell 562.221.9672

Re: City of Alameda Praised for Leadership in Bicycle Policy – State, Regional and Local advocacy organizations come to Alameda to highlight great planning

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Oakland CA – At a short ceremony at 5:45 this evening, the Alameda City Council and the City of Alameda will be recognized for “leadership in bicycle policy for its exemplary bike parking standards, advanced transportation plan and work to design and construct complete streets with protected bike lanes.”

Not only does Alameda have one of the first protected bikeways in the Bay Area, but a second 2+ mile project has just started construction on Shoreline and a third project just received funding to carry cyclists from Alameda Point nearly all the way to Grand Street.

Additionally, over the past two years, the Alameda City Council has approved planning for one of the most impressive networks of bicycle infrastructure anywhere in the state at Alameda Point and planning requirements that ensure that residents have a safe, dependable place to park their bikes. Whether traveling to the new Estuary Park, or the new Walgreens on Park, Alamedans and visitors will have high quality bike parking available at the end of their trip.

Studies have shown that protected bikeways and dedicated bike parking can significantly increase the number of people who choose to bicycle on trips of 1-3 miles. These important policies will support those who want to bicycle around Alameda, reducing congestion, greenhouse gases and supporting public health.

The event will be held on the front steps of City Hall at 5:45pm, Tuesday October 21, 2014. Alameda City Hall is located at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, at the corner of Santa Clara and Oak street.

Presenting the award:

  • Dave Snyder: Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition
  • Dave Campbell: Advocacy Director for Bike East Bay
  • Lucy Gigli: Director of Advocacy for Bike Walk Alameda

Receiving the Award:

  • Marie Gilmore, Mayor of Alameda
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor of Alameda
  • Lena Tam, Alameda City Council
  • Stewart Chen and Tony Daysog have been invited, but have not RSVP’d

For questions about today’s ceremony please contact Lucy Gigli at (510)522-3252 or via email lucy@bikewalkalameda.org.

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About the California Bicycle Coalition

CalBike enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California. Networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connect every destination. People of all ages and abilities enjoy the  health and happiness that comes from bicycling. Our local communities are stronger economically thanks to less automobile dependence. Traffic-related injuries are less common and less severe, and fatalities are rare. California is a national model for sustainable transportation. Our goal is to triple bicycling in California by 2020. Learn more at calbike.org.

About Bike East Bay

Bike East Bay works for safe, convenient and enjoyable bicycling for all people in the East Bay. Our vision is that bicycling in the East Bay is routine, appealing and safe for resident and visitors of all backgrounds. The entire East Bay is easily accessible by bicycling on a robust and seamless transportation system. The East Bay is filled with people biking and walking on vibrant streets, which re the center of our rich and diverse communities. Learn more at bikeeastbay.org.

About Bike Walk Alameda

Bike Walk Alameda’s mission is to make our city a safe and enjoyable place to walk and bike. We support active and healthy citizens by promoting everyday walking and biking in and around Alameda and seek to enhance our environment by removing barriers that restrict our ability to walk and bike comfortably and safely.

We believe in developing positive partnerships in order to accomplish our goals and in education to reach our goals. By working together, we can enhance the quality of life on the island.

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