Pleasanton city staff and consultant firm Toole Design Group are continuing work to refine preferred options for creating a brand-new bikeway along the city's major east-west thoroughfare, West Las Positas Boulevard.
As the proposed bicycle and pedestrian corridor improvements near a critical point in the design phase, the city has launched an online survey to gauge resident feedback about key aspects of the project before a conceptual design is advanced to the City Council for final consideration.
"The survey will close on Nov. 15, and all the information will be reviewed and provided at a future Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Committee meeting to help determine a preferred design alternative," city officials said.
West Las Positas has been ranked as the city's No. 1 priority for bike and pedestrian improvements, eyed for an infrastructure overhaul to provide better usability and safer access for neighborhoods, schools and job centers in northern Pleasanton.
Likely a multimillion-dollar project, construction could be divided into three segments: Foothill to Hopyard roads, Hopyard to Santa Rita roads, and Santa Rita Road to Boardwalk Street.
City staff, consultants and committee members began predesign work in late summer 2018, with nearly four months of analyzing existing conditions and data-gathering.
Then came the draft concept phase, which occurred from January to September of this year. The timeline was extended as they split some design scenarios into lower- and higher-cost options -- such as bollards and pavement striping compared to using curbs and landscape barriers.
Now the project team is in the "community feedback and concept refinement" phase, which includes the online survey.
The questionnaire, complete with written and visual descriptions, asks residents to select their preference from seven options among the four concept alternatives: one-way separated bikeways (low or high cost), two-way separated bikeways (low or high cost), hybrid concept (low or high cost) and elevated two-way separated bikeway with landscaping.
It also inquires about favored buffering materials, how to handle intersections and which segment to prioritize first.
Once the survey closes, results compiled and input obtained from other key stakeholders, city staff and the consultants will present a draft conceptual design for public review and City Council approval in the January to March timeframe, setting the stage for further refining of the concept toward final design. A construction schedule would follow.
To take the survey or learn more about the project, visit www.WLPbike.com.