5 VotesFix it! Voted!Alcatraz Ave And King St Berkeley, CA - South Berkeley
The intersection of Alcatraz Ave and King St in south Berkeley has a 2-way stop for traffic on King St, but no stop for traffic on Alcatraz going east or west. Alcatraz is a car arterial but King St is a highly trafficked bike boulevard and pedestrian corridor.
Even with the existing flashing beacons on the crosswalk pedestrians still find it very difficult to cross Alcatraz here because drivers just don't yield, and with the poor sightlines due to all the curbside parking and the fast vehicle speeds on Alcatraz, cyclists on King St also find it very difficult and dangerous to cross here, even after stopping and yielding to cross traffic.
I think the solution to this problem would be to either turn the 2-way stop into a 4-way stop at this intersection, or install a traffic signal that is timed to coordinate with the one at Alcatraz and Adeline. During the busiest hours Alcatraz traffic backs up all the way past King St, but motorists continue to block the intersection and fail to let cross traffic through. As such, a stop sign or traffic signal here would allow the bike boulevard traffic to make it past Alcatraz usually without even impacting the vehicles on that street at all.
3 VotesFix it! Voted!Russel St And Milvia St Berkeley, CA - South Berkeley
The "Do Not Enter" sign and barricade at the intersection of Russell and Milvia Streets in Berkeley has been turned so that it is no longer facing the direction of traffic. Please have it turned back again.
Also, many SUV and truck drivers ignore this barricade and roll right over it, causing a danger to cyclists and pedestrians who might not be expecting traffic from that direction. Perhaps a flexible bollard could be added in front of or next to the metal "staple" in the ground, to make it more clear that nobody should be using this as a through street except for emergency vehicles (this means no garbage trucks or non-emergency city or utility vehicles too, please!).
7 VotesFix it! Voted!King St And Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA - South Berkeley
When Caltrans repaved the intersection at Ashby and King St in South Berkeley (very nice, thank you) they neglected to repaint one of the yellow crosswalk lines at the south side of this intersection, and the traffic signal loop detector bicycle stencils which were half covered up by the paving work.
Regardless of who ends up performing this work please make sure Caltrans is charged for it, since they should have taken care of it initially after completing their paving work.
Adeline St And Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA - South Berkeley
On southbound Adeline St the bike lane becomes a right turn lane before before Ashby Ave. The lefthand side of this right turn lane is striped with bicycle sharrows but most cyclists go straight here across Ashby, and don't turn right. If one tries to go straight from the right turn lane they can't get across the intersection anyway, as the path is blocked by a pedestrian bulb-out, after which the bike lane continues again.
Perhaps the traffic engineers expect cyclists to do a couple sweet bunny hops up and over the bulb-out, but in reality a better solution would have been to cut back the curb so that the bike lane could be continued immediately after the intersection. Also, if the curb was cut back that would lessen the turning radius for eastbound Ashby traffic turning south onto Adeline, removing the need for the right turn slip-lane here and greatly increasing safety around this high pedestrian traffic area.
Finally, the use of sharrows in the right turn lane on southbound Adeline St is not appropriate, and a better solution would be to stripe a bike lane to the left half of the right turn lane, similar to what Oakland has done on southbound Broadway at W Macarthur.
Mlk Way At Woolsey St Berkeley, CA - South Berkeley
The east and west halves of the Wooley St bike route are disconnected by the Ashby BART lot, making an otherwise great east-west bike route much less useful.
One easy and quick fix for this, at least for bike traffic heading westward, would be to create a bicycle cut-through in the median on MLK way at Woolsey St, similar to the one on Oxford St at Frank Schlessinger Way, also in Berkeley. This would allow cyclists on the east half of Woolsey to make a left onto Adeline St, loop around the southern tip of the Ashby BART property by making a right onto MLK Way, then make another left through the MLK median onto the west half of Woolsey.
WIth the median in place currently, there is no way for a cyclist to get from one end of Woolsey to the other. A solution for eastbound traffic on Woolsey is also needed, but would probably require a more complicated fix.