Transportation

Mass Transit

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Telegraph, College, and Claremont Avenues used to have electric rail transit.  Today, AC Transit buses serve these routes, but inadequately.  The 51B on College Ave is often overcrowded and standing room only during rush hour.   The 79 on Claremont only runs once every half hour - not enough to be an attractive option. 
It's time to work with AC Transit to increase service.  As more people choose to take transit, it's also time to start planning for a higher capacity option that will offer more seats. 

 

Personal Vehicles

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Parking and traffic in the hills can be a challenge. Buses don't go there, and walking or biking is difficult.
 
Let's recognize that personal motorized vehicles have a place. However, for solo trips and short trips within town, small vehicles such as scooters, bikes, or tuk-tuks are more suitable than full sized cars.
 
Vehicle share programs, lower speed limits, specialized parking, and other policies can help introduce these vehicles - already common in most other countries - to California, starting with Berkeley!

10-20mph Speed Limits

10-20mph speed limits

Reducing Berkeley speed limits to 10mph on side streets, 20mph on major streets would reduce noise, road damage, gas use, & crashes.  Getting from the hills to freeway would take just 3-5 minutes longer.
 
Since traffic is already averaging 10-15 mph during rush hour, most commuters wouldn't notice any difference - there might even be an improvement in traffic flow from less "stop and go" acceleration and braking.
 
This would help Berkeley achieve it's goal as a "Vision Zero" (nobody dying from car crashes) city. At 20mph, 90% of people survive getting hit by a car, while at 30mph only half do. https://visionzeronetwork.org/resources/safety-over-speed/
 
For reference, bikes average 10-15 mph, golf carts about 10-20mph, San Francisco's cable cars run at 10mph.  AC Transit buses average 11mph. 

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