Feb 2, 2015
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The second phase of a community-assisted effort to make Rumrill Boulevard and 13th Street safer for drivers and more inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists is set for Feb. 10, when community members will be asked to weigh in on first design concepts in Richmond.

The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Chavez Elementary School at 960 17th St.

Using a Caltrans Environmental Justice Transportation Planning grant, the cities of Richmond and San Pablo are planning for major changes along Rumrill between Contra Costa College in San Pablo and Harbour Way in Richmond (see image below). Reduced vehicular lanes and colored crosswalks and bicycle lanes are among the proposals.

rumrill.2-4At a community design workshop in October (see Richmond Pulse article), community members and stakeholders went on a shuttle tour of the boulevard and then met at the Lao Family Center in San Pablo to share ideas.

Those ideas are being incorporated by a professional planning and design team.

As it is today, the Rumrill corridor encourages speeding and is uninviting for walkers and bicyclists, according to San Pablo officials. The intersections at Market Avenue and Road 20 have each experienced four pedestrian-auto collisions between 2002 and 2012. About 19,000 vehicles travel daily on Rumrill, a heavy enough volume to detract from bicycling along the boulevard.

At the October community design session, Paul Zykofsky of the local government commission suggested reducing vehicle lanes to “have more space for walkways and bicyclists.” (See Richmond Confidential report).

Zykofsky details some of the goals for Rumrill and 13th in his “complete streets” report here.

Here’s a nice before-and-after view of what Zykofsky means when he says spaces could be improved by placing emphasis on people as well as cars:


Snacks, refreshments, childcare and Spanish translation will be provided at the Feb. 10 meeting at Chavez Elementary.

For more information about the project, contact Roberta Feliciano, City of San Pablo, at robertaf@sanpabloca.gov or at (510) 215-3052.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.