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Improved Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Below is a letter I wrote to my local town paper. I’m hoping others might see this and take the survey by going either link (Facebook or blog).

Dear Editor of Castro Valley Forum,

I’m writing this to help get the word out… It was recently brought to my attention that there is a group, BikeWalkCV, working to make improvements to Castro Valley by adding sidewalks and bike lanes.

I visited them on Facebook
and I found it interesting that there were only 128 likes. There could be more now as I invited my friends to “like” the page. I’m under the impression that not many of us here in Castro Valley are aware of the campaign being made to Nate Miley and the Alameda County Public Works. By visiting their blog or Facebook page citizens are urged to take a survey and voice our priorities for Castro Valley.

I think it’s a shame that pedestrians have to walk in the street when no sidewalk is available. What’s worse is seeing someone pushing a stroller putting not only themselves in danger but also the baby in the stroller.  Many of our street corners have had curb ramps installed, but some of those ramps take you to a dirt path and some are filled with weeds and rocks, broken asphalt making it a tripping hazard. My next thought, How does this help those in wheelchairs?

I’d like to see more people take an interest in this campaign by taking the survey. We need our citizens to be safer as we navigate our streets.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is challenging mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.


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  1. I jog up and down the streets on Lake Chabot Road, and my ankles and knees could really use some sidewalks! Pedestrians in Castro Valley need more protection. This is the main reason I don’t walk more with my own children! If there were sidewalks, I probably would take more leisurely strolls around.

    Missy Kirtley

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