Requests: bike concern
2945 King St Berkeley, CA 94703, USAKing St as it crosses Ashby Ave, heading both north and south, has a bicycle calibrated loop detector only to the far right of the lane. This means that a cyclist who wants to make a left turn must do so from the far right of the lane. This also sets up unnecessary right turn conflicts between bicycles and cars. An additional bicycle loop detector should be added to the left side of King St going both north and south as it crosses Ashby.
1105 Russell St Berkeley, CAThis bicycle boulevard route/directional sign on westbound Russell St, leading cyclists north onto San Pablo then west onto Heinz Ave, is almost completely hidden from view by a tree. The best solution would be to move the sign closer to the intersection with San Pablo, as it is very confusing about how to proceed here without any guidance.
King St And Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA
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.
Alcatraz Ave And King St Berkeley, CA
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.
2346 Stuart St Berkeley, CA 94705, USAKarim's bike shop is a fire hazard and can in no way pass fire safety inspection. In addition, there are numerous accounts of people finding their stolen bikes there and seeing the owner deal with bike thiefs. How is this commercial establishment allowed to stay on business?