Supporters of a safer Central Avenue packed City Hall on Wednesday night to let the City Council know that they want members to say yes to common-sense safety improvements to Central Avenue that include extended bike lanes, a bikeway serving two West End schools and more and more visible crosswalks. Council members felt they were unable to extend the meeting past 11 p.m., so they continued their discussion and decision to a new meeting on Monday night.

We want to thank everyone who has submitted a letter or postcard telling city leaders to say yes to a safer Central and to the dozens of people who packed City Council chambers not once but twice to demand safer streets on the Island. We believe that your support is making a difference – but there’s still no guarantee that council will say yes to these common-sense safety improvements. Specifically, the council is considering a demand from local business organizations that they erase from the current plan a westbound bike lane between Webster Street and McKay Avenue.

If you can make it to the meeting on Monday – even if it’s only for a little while – please come in your brights to let your city leaders know that you want them to say YES to safety. If haven’t had the chance to speak, you can tell the council directly that you want a safer Central Avenue. If you’ve spoken already, you can come sit in the audience to show your support. Children are welcome to join!

Monday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. Thanks for all of your support and we hope to see you there!

Additional information on the proposal is available on the city’s website. You can also connect with us at info@bikewalkalameda.org or on Facebook or Twitter.

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