When one hears the word ‘suburb’, great tracts of land with single family homes in an isolated area, with a car dependent population springs to mind. While not all suburbs fit this description it is fair to say the ‘suburban’ image many of us have exists for a reason. Why do I mention this? While I am away from Eagle Rock for this school semester I have been living in the Bay Area. In Point Richmond there’s a new suburban development that is built around a large regional bike and pedestrian path The Bay Trail, contrary to suburbs many of us are familiar with.
In the video below I ride most of the Bay Trail portion through this suburban development. While there are improvements that could be made to the path in the video like: maintaining the path, provide the path priority at intersections (and not all the unnecessary stop signs), create better crossings (perhaps raised crossings). I feel like the concept of a shared bike/ped path through a suburban development raises interesting points to think about like– should we designed new developments to provide bicycle infrastructure? Should we reconfigure designs for sidewalks so that they can be shared between cyclists and pedestrians without conflict? If bicycle paths that resemble what is observed in the video were provided on city streets would conditions be safer for cyclists? (Obviously design at intersections determines how safe the cycle path will be).
Any thoughts on what is in the video? Any place in Eagle Rock or LA where you would like to see this? We know how to make the infrastructure to provide safe facilities for cyclists as is evident in the video, lets make more!