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Council OKs pedestrian-friendly redesign at key Bernal Avenue intersection

Original post made on Aug 5, 2020

A final design concept to overhaul a corner of Bernal Avenue on the edge of downtown Pleasanton into a more pedestrian-friendly intersection with improved traffic flow was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday night.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2020 at 1:58 pm

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Let’s call a spade a spade...! The Bernal Ave/First Street redesign is required. The fact that anyone on our city council is excluded, Julie Testa, in this case, by living in a housing development by Raleys is ridiculous/dumb/stupid...and should be changed. What candidates for council in November will be excluded from voting on important issues...in the near future?
And if we have money for other projects, over and beyond our initial list, why don’t these former parks and recreation commissioners now on council, walk the areas they are responsible for endorsing and shift money to take care of existing maintenance. My point is, this is an election year and can not find a guardian among you.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2020 at 2:01 pm

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Approving... for endorsing.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2020 at 7:29 am

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Mike..why does Caltrans not like to admit enhancing capacity...? Inside joke or something...?
What did Pleasanton pay/trade to access school property for redesign...?
What happens to the wood of the heritage trees...? Are citizens entitled to purchase...? Firewood/woodworking etc.
Does the $150,000 extra dollars available for bicycle detection equipment at signalized intersections going to be available for runners of red lights...?


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Posted by Pamela
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:36 am

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Glad the Bernal at Sunol Blvd intersection is being improved. Now how do we eliminate traffic flow melt down at the Bernal and Case Ave intersection when school kids are crossing (a major street) to get to the library or parents waiting in their cars. Move the library To the Bernal property or build a Bernal pedestrian bridge? That would be pedestrian friendly!


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Posted by Mike T.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2020 at 10:25 am

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Pete - more of a venting of old frustration than an inside joke... Back in the 90's Caltrans would not allow construction of any new "general purpose" lane, only high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

The reasoning shared with me as to why we could not build a general purpose lane was that HOV lanes did not increase capacity... This argument made no sense to me and I guess I never let it go.

I don't hear that argument any longer from Caltrans, the support of HOV lanes on a state and federal level is from the greenhouse gas reduction benefits that are created by encouraging carpooling. It is still very difficult to get a general purpose lane approved.

Pamela - there is an ongoing discussion to move the Library (and the City offices and Police Station) to the Bernal Property. The Bernal Property has a specific plan that guides the development of the land. The specific plan does not include this type of use and the Specific Plan would need to be amended before the Library could be moved.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2020 at 10:25 am

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Thanks Mike, general purpose lanes do not raise revenue...only more drivers. We do see the effects of government reasoning. $9.00+ to go one or two miles in some places...on I68O. Should still be frustrated...for sure


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Posted by Pamela
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 16, 2020 at 1:13 am

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Thank you Mike T for re-striping the Valley/Busch and the Valley/Boulder crosswalks to emphasize they are also the Iron Horse Trail. The industrial traffic in the area has begun to wear out the striping quickly so a refresh may be needed more frequently. I hope a green bike lane designation can eventually be added particularly at the Valley/Busch crossing to
direct bicyclists onto the Iron Horse Trail since the Valley road width, if Im correct, is not sufficient up to Santa Rita.

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Posted by Pamela
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Aug 16, 2020 at 1:31 am

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Mike T, to clarify, in the Bernal Specific Plan, the Civic Center would be relocated but also increased in size to include a community center and expanded City Hall office areas which I recall is much greater than the existing complex. I mentioned support for relocating the library (only) a means to reduce school traffic at that major arterial crossing and downtown entrance.