Make Hopkins Street safe for walking and biking

The City of Berkeley is conducting a traffic and placemaking study for Hopkins Street (from Sutter to Gilman). Key goals include improving the safety of people walking and biking. The study will recommend design changes to be made when the street is repaved in 2023. During the two community meetings to date, participants emphasized the need for safe pedestrian crossings, slower vehicle speeds, and bike lanes.

Many of us have been participating in the process in good faith. BUT in the past few weeks, several people, including merchants, have been spreading false rumors that parking removal and installation of bike lanes are a done deal to be implemented this summer. They’ve launched a petition to slow down the study and oppose bike lanes if it means the removal of street parking. In addition to the petition, people opposing bike lanes have flooded the email of City Council and staff.

That's where you come in! We need you to let City staff and Council know that there is a groundswell of support for completing the study and making the street safe for people walking and biking. Remind City leaders that walkable and bikeable streets are good for business and that disrupting the process in order to prioritize on-street parking is not acceptable. Sign on! It should only take a minute or two of your time - thank you!

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