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Pleasanton Weekly

Cover Story - January 21, 2011

Parking problems at new health club

Workouts start with walking, thanks to New Year's resolutions, other gyms closing

by Glenn Wohltmann

A shortage of parking at the new 24 Hour Fitness club on Willow Road in Pleasanton has led to new exercises: the parking lot crawl and spot jumping.

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Comments

Posted by registered user, dwalden, a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

The problem has gotten better now that many people have apparently given up on their new year's resolutions. When 24 Hour first opened in December parking was fine but after the first of the year it got so bad in the afternoon you would have cars circling the parking lot to find a place to no avail.

I understand the potential liability of local businesses who might allow 24 Hour patron parking but really folks, this is a community and if the business adjacent to 24 is closed for the day and their parking lot is empty why be a grouch. Furthermore to pay guards to patrol the entrance to some of the lots to protect their "space" is ridiculous. I am glad that the Weekly posted pictures of some of those signs. Those signs are not good "press" for those businesses and maybe those photos will make the managers of those businesses think before taking action in the future. Being a good neighbor is what Pleasanton is all about.


Posted by Terrible, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I was going to join the gym but after circling the lot for 15 minutes to find no parking I gave up.


Posted by KristiPlaya, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

There is a simple solution to the parking issue at the new 24 Hour facility. The conditions of approval provide for a review by the City if there are parking conflicts. The City can then require mitigation or void the permit.

The process should be commenced as soon as possible.

Not a question of the adjoining property owners being "nice neighbors" but rather solid planning and engineering principles.

Any solution that involves leased off-site parking needs to address pedestrians crossing Willow Rd. and to make sure that the crossing meets City Standards and the Vehicle Code and that liability issues are address for the parties to the lease and the City of Pleasanton.


Posted by Dan, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

The new 24-Hour is a great addition to Pleasanton. It is obvious that it was also well needed due to the crowds. The folks at 24-Hour are very well aware of the issue and I am confident they will resolve the issue. They are already taking steps to address the problem. I have noticed a marked difference lately. The club was running a promotion to allow all 24-Hour members to try the new club regardless of membership level (which included members from Livermore, Castro Valley, San Ramon, etc.) and this added to the crowds. Since that promo has ended it seems to have leveled off a bit. I am very pleased with the club and have no regrets switching my membership to this facitiy from another local gym. I hope the neighboring businesses work with 24-Hour as this gym is a huge asset to local companies in the business park. This is not the only gym in town that has parking issues at peak hours, so let's celebrate the fact that our citizens are packing the local health clubs to stay fit. Thanks 24-Hour Fitness for providing a beautiful new facility for us to use at a great price.


Posted by betty the bart rider, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

Good Point Kristi

With Willow Road used as a main artery to BART, 24 hr fitness members jaywalking with or without kids, could be a huge liability for the City, Business Park, Shacklee and 24 hr. fitness.


Posted by Express is Easy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

When the Kathy's/Gold fiasco developed, I went to Express in Rosewood....Big and beautiful facility. I parked at the front door twice yesterday... Friday morning and Friday evening...easy in, easy out. Close, cheap, fast...I'm happy !


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I'd have to agree with "Express is Easy."
Excellent customer service! Finally a gym that understands what is really important; understanding who uses the gym and what makes them happy!


Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

There is a new fitness center opening in the Vintage Hill shopping center. Plenty of parking. Fitness Express.


Posted by Marcus, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I really think that some of these post are fake! The problems with the parking still exist at 24hr Fitness on Willow in Pleasanton Ca. It's really sad that @4hr Fitness ignored a petition that 243 members signed stating that they were unhappy with the parking not to metion the cheap machines that they replaced the old machines with. The new machines are not ergonomically sound at all. Many members are getting injured because of the bad decisions that the buyer made.

MARCUS

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Posted by marcus, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I really think that some of these post are fake! The problems with the parking still exist at 24hr Fitness on Willow in Pleasanton Ca. It's really sad that 24hr Fitness ignored a petition that 243 members signed stating that they were unhappy with the parking not to metion the cheap machines that they replaced the old machines with. The new machines are not ergonomically sound at all. Many members are getting injured because of the bad decisions that the buyer made.

MARCUS