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Pleasanton council to debate fate of downtown parklet program

Original post made on Jul 20, 2021

After outdoor dining exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pleasanton City Council is set to consider creating a longer-term public parklet program to help boost local businesses and enhance vitality in the downtown area Tuesday.

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Posted by Bob12
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 20, 2021 at 10:08 am

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Improvements to downtown Pleasanton to allow for more "sidewalk" eatery business and traffic might be to create a "one way circular gut" downtown. All traffic lanes on Main Street at St. Johns would go south to Old Bernal Ave and bear right to Peters Ave where both lanes would be one way north back up to St. John's to complete a circular gut of one way traffic. Modifications would be needed at St John's and Old Bernal to accommodate the transition for one way to two way traffic. - - During later evening hours of minimal traffic, the one way traffic lights would go blinking yellow and cross traffic lights would be blinking red, and all crosswalk push buttons would over ride the blinking traffic lights to accommodate pedestrian use of crosswalks. The City of The Dalles Oregon would be the most typical way to observe how well this works to avoid the delays and cross traffic delays "two way traffic lanes" create.

Posted by been there
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 20, 2021 at 11:16 am

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Bob 12 has a good idea. It's high time the powers-that-be consider a permanent fix to the parking, traffic issues on Main Street and downtown in general. Santa Monica created a lovely promenade on one of their busiest streets to benefit local shops and restaurants. It's very pedestrian friendly and has worked for YEARS. But they also created nearby parking garages that blend into the architectural style of the area. San Mateo has done some innovative permitting that invited pedestrians to shop, linger and dine by providing free, safe accessible parking . Please stop thinking we are going to remain in the 1890's . While it's a charming era to remember, structural demands/codes have changed as well as traffic patterns. Not everyone will ride a bike downtown, nor will they be able to walk to every shop. Even Uber drivers need a place to park and safely disembark their patrons.
This concept needs to be incorporated into the Housing Needs assessment and planning. We don't want to repeat Livermore's situation by not thinking "big picture".

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 20, 2021 at 12:23 pm

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Debate? Really? All those “tents” on Main Street are sooo beautiful.( Dknute said, sarcastically). But, the alternative is to literally sentence businesses to possibly not being able to continue
I think the council has no choice but to continue to allow businesses to continue with inside AND outside eating.

Posted by JP
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2021 at 1:52 pm

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Would it help to send our suggestions directly to the council? I wonder if they take much stock in comments posted here. It is very easy to do.

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