Responses for Mobility

1: What are your most significant transportation challenges?
name comments tags date
Anonymous no community selected Transportation NOISE. It's impossible to walk on most sidewalks because of unmitigated, unceasing, uncontrolled NOISE from loud Harleys, loud trucks, loud cars with amplified exhaust pipes. If the county wants to get serious about walking, make the sidewalks walkable by hiring deputies who care about pedestrians, who care about noise levels on the sidewalks and in the surrounding communities. Transportation Noise is driving quality of life in CCC down the drain. DEAD ANIMALS. Everywhere I drive, esp SR 4, I see dead animals everywhere. Raccoons, hawks, turkeys, egrets, possums, skunks, snakes, etc. What a monstrous tragedy!! We need critter-crossings everywhere. Little pipes under roadways in strategic areas to allow critters to scamper through. CRITTER CROSSINGS!!
11/15/2019
CA Linder from Contra Costa Centre Safety - I bike commute and it's frequently dangerous. In particular, slip lanes at busy intersections. Drivers disobeying posted no right-on-red (Hookston/Bancroft/Iron Horse Trail intersection)...I have both witnessed and experienced near miss scenarios (and came across the aftermath of a car hitting a cyclist in the crosswalk. Generally, prioritize human safety over motorist convenience
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Last mile issues when choosing public transit to travel throughout the county.
10/18/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre county investment in electric vehicle charging stations that result in the same traffic congestion and lost economic activity & time as fossil-fueled vehicles. lack of sidewalks, lack of sidewalks, and lack of sidewalks in residential neighborhoods such as Parkmead. Lack of physically protected and separated micromobility lanes for bicycling, strollers, electric scooters, walking, etc. County- and City-required vehicular parking requirements (near transit) induce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and worsen air quality in areas within county jurisdiction.
10/20/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other Discontinuous bicycle facilities. For a while there is a bike lane. Then (usually approaching a signalized intersection) the bike lane disappears and a dedicated right turn lane for motor vehicles takes its place. This scenario is discontinuous for bicycles. This lack of a bike lane all the way up to the limit line is a significant transportation challenge for me and for most normal citizens. It is viewed by most people as a reason to NOT ride a bicycle. It needs to be fixed. We can reduce the number of cars on the road by making it more expensive and more inconvenient to drive a car. We can increase the number of bicycles and scooters by making it safer and more convenient. Start with building a continuous network of bicycle facilities. Routes of Regional Significance for motorists are Routes of Regional Significance for bicyclists, too. Install bike lanes on every arterial street.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre We need small, clean, affordable light transit that runs through corridors like Clayton Road and Ygnacio Valley Rd, Kirker Pass, etc. to get people out of cars. We need to stop spreading single family homes and affordable houses out away from jobs.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Parkmead For driving it is traffic congestion and lack of parking spaces No frequent public transport
10/30/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Heavy traffic on #80; Bart not running early morning on weekends; speed limits not being enforced
10/02/2019
Nick Despota no community selected
10/01/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Commute hours on Ygnacio Valley Road - Concord to Walnut Creek
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Other Few bike lanes. I try to and can travel during off-hours, but can still get caught in heavy traffic. There are no buses that come near my house. There are no public parking lots close to where I could catch a bus.
09/19/2019
Heather from Pacheco To many people driving out of the area for work, We need more businesses back in the industrial areas of CCC to keep people close to home. This would make a huge difference on our major traffic problems.
09/16/2019
2: Do you use public transit? If not, what are some of the barriers to using transit that you experience?
name comments tags date
Anonymous no community selected
11/15/2019
CA Linder from Contra Costa Centre Yes - frequency of service outside of commute window (BART). Getting to station without threat of being struck by a vehicle. Converting parking at BART (Concord, PH) to PROTECTED bike lanes would increase safety
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Yes, but infrequently. Mostly to travel to Berkeley, Oakland or San Francisco. The biggest barrier is the last mile between my house and the BART Station.
10/18/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre yes. the bus service isn't frequent enough. there are no efficient transit routes from Bancroft Rd & Treat Blvd intersection's vicinity to downtown Walnut Creek and Uber/Lyft are too expensive to use frequently.
10/20/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other I ride BART with my bicycle a couple of times per week. SECURE bike parking is needed at EVERY station.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Yes, I use public transportation. I am lucky to live off Clayton Rd. and a bus runs straight to BART. It's expensive and doesn't run often off peak hours. My friends that live in many parts of the county ( Pleasant Hill) have no quick easy bus routes to take them to BART. Also, the website for AMTRAK is horrible! It is impossible to figure out how to use clean transport to travel.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Parkmead Yes BART for work commute No BART at weekends because cars are faster and cheaper for 2 people
10/30/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Bart - No early Bart on weekends!! Limited parking at Bart stations
10/02/2019
Nick Despota no community selected Yes. BART from home (Richmond) to Berkeley, Oakland and SF.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond yes, BART. Less crowding on trains
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre yes - but sometimes 6 miles can take over an hour on Ygnacio Valley Road
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Other I use BART to go to the airport, mostly. I would use it MUCH MORE if there were a place to park my car. I have to use UBER when I use BART.
09/19/2019
Heather from Pacheco No, to dirty and to expensive, To many people living in the bus stop shelters, garbage and poop around.
09/16/2019
3: Would you drive less if you could? What would help you drive less?
name comments tags date
Anonymous no community selected
11/15/2019
CA Linder from Contra Costa Centre Yes!! More frequent service, direct service to anywhere south of Walnut Creek BART (last station before it heads west); SAFE and CONNECTED bike network. Secure bike parking (meaning I don't have to lug a heavy lock and strip my bike of all movable parts - lights, trunk bags etc.) every time I stop.
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre YES!! It gives me high blood pressure... What would help would be greater accessibility of alternative transit modes to connect me to traditional public transit (scooters, bikes, ride share). The county should welcome or even recruit (RFP's anyone) providers of e-bike and scooter services to bolster that last mile solution that these modes represent.
10/18/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre yes, more frequent transit service, on-demand transit service, non-fixed-route transit service, safer bikeway network connectivity to downtown Walnut Creek, more secure bicycle parking in downtown Walnut Creek.
10/20/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other Price parking at BART stations so there is A:WAYS an available parking spot if the individual is willing to pay for it.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre Yes, I ride my bike but it is really dangerous because many roads do not have designated bike lanes. I use public transportation but it is too expensive for families.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Parkmead Yes A monthly (or even weekly) fixed price Clipper card - so weekend trips would not cost extra More safe, family friendly bike routes to more downtown destinations
10/30/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Safe bike lanes on San Pablo Dam Road; safer, cleaner Bart
10/02/2019
Nick Despota no community selected I already use transit as much as I can, though I have a hybrid vehicle. I live relatively close to El Cerrito Del Note BART. I want to make it easier for more people to access transit. The trend in commute mode choice is a sign of failure, or at a minimum, inadequacy of county policy over the last 16 years. We need more and more convenient last-mile services-- smaller electric busses, shuttles, safe routes for pedestrians (lighting, sidewalks).
10/01/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond Improvements to Bay Trail in North Richmond.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre I bike commute when possible. Obstacles to biking all the time: after work meetings, weather, air quality
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Other YES, If I could get on a bus within 1/2 mile of my house and it would take me to BART or if there were adequate parking at BART, I would always take BART when going to Walnut Creek and all points west of that. I am retired, but I always used BART when I was working, but I lived in the Oakland hills. Used BART also for entertainment in SF... I would drive less if BART had parking.
09/19/2019
Heather from Pacheco Yes
09/16/2019
4: What kinds of trips do you make using alternative modes of transportation such as Uber and Lyft (commuting, errands, etc.)?
name comments tags date
Anonymous no community selected
11/15/2019
CA Linder from Contra Costa Centre I walk or bike as much as possible (e.g. USPS, grocery store) ... try to avoid ride hailing apps as they just increase VMT, congestion
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Returning home from Bart most often.
10/18/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Uber and Lyft are not alternative modes of transportation because Uber and Lyft result in the same (or worse) vehicular traffic congestion, same inefficient land-use patterns that include a waste of land with vehicular parking, worse air quality, etc. "Alternative" modes of transportation is an outdated term that shouldn't be used; non-vehicular or non-car transportation is more appropriate.
10/20/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other I do not have a cell phone. Obviously, I can't use Uber or Lyft. I run errands and commute on my bicycle.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre I do not use Uber and Lyft because they put more cars on the road and are not good to their employees. Also, they are expensive. Building clean light rail is a better option to connect neighborhoods to BART. That is an example of clean infrastructure that would improve our economy with good jobs, decrease traffic, and keep out air clean. I would love to use Amtrak more but their website is horrible and unusable and does not connect with other clean transit.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Parkmead Cycle to shops Cycle to BART Cycle to park and ride
10/30/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Have to use Lyft to get to airport on early weekends
10/02/2019
Nick Despota no community selected Car for groceries (short trips), transit for meetings and work (SF) whenever possible. Pre-arranged carpooling w/people for scheduled trips to locations poorly served by public transit, e.g. Richmond to Martinez.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Bike, bus, carpool
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Other I use Uber and Lyft to get to BART ($20 each way) to go to OAK or SFO or, occasionally, to SF for entertainment.
09/19/2019
Heather from Pacheco none
09/16/2019
5: What kinds of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements are needed in your community?
name comments tags date
Anonymous no community selected We need quieter sidewalks. Too much roadway noise -- unnecessary noise, mostly from people who AMPLIFY their exhaust systems with machinery they buy from autoshops through SEMA, the big enemy in this debate. Stop SEMA and control noise, make the sidewalks walkable.
11/15/2019
CA Linder from Contra Costa Centre Protection from vehicles (including at intersections); connectivity. A better intersection of the IHT/Canal Trail (one that is designed for walking/biking) would be a great start. Getting existing plans funded and built: I-680/Treat Blvd Bike/Ped Improvements, Olympic Corridor Trail etc. Secure bike parking at shops
Concord 11/07/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Complete streets! There I said it. Take lanes away from cars and people will walk or bike or take car-share, and WILL GET USED TO IT. Across the County, (and specifically in CC Centre) drivers are openly hostile to bikes and peds and for our safety, physical barriers wherever possible protecting cyclists and pedestrians are desperately needed. In the mind of a driver, their convenience or time being infringed by a cyclist riding safely in a single lane outweighs that cyclist's right to safe passage-- our literal lives are being put at risk by impatient people! This is unacceptable.
10/18/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre physically protected and separated micromobility lanes and more secure bicycle and scooter parking at all location types.
10/20/2019
Bruce Ohlson from Other We need CONTINUOUS bicycle facilities on all arterial streets and all collector streets. When we have a four vehicle lane street and no bicycle lanes, remove one or more of the traffic lanes and install bike lanes on each side of the street. Crossings of railroad lines and freeways NEED bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides. Railroad lines and Freeways are barriers to passage for bicycles and pedestrians. This needs to be remedied.
10/03/2019
Marianne Callahan from Contra Costa Centre We need walking paths and bike lanes on all main arteries. We need groceries and shopping by ransit centers so people can get healthy food on their way home. This is very common in Europe but here you need a car to shop.
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Parkmead More bike routes Safer, segregated bike lanes Safer traffic intersections (with bike lanes and bike lights for ALL directions) More bike short cuts and more restrictions on cars (such as no right or left turns, traffic calming devices and one way routes)- to dissuade car drivers from using side streets as rat runs and to encourage cyclists to use main routes
10/30/2019
Anonymous from El Sobrante Safe bike lanes on San Pablo Dam Road!!! As requested TWENTY YEARS AGO in the 2001 Transportation and Land Use Plan.
10/02/2019
Nick Despota no community selected Richmond is not covered by county's general plan. But I would focus on protected bike lanes, improved lighting, and new ped/bike lanes is areas where this kind of alternative transportation is already in use.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from North Richmond Need a safe, attractive Class I Bay Trail along the Richmond Parkway between Gertrude Ave. and Parr Blvd. The current wide sidewalk is ugly, dangerous and covered by litter all of the time. Provide Class I trail along San Pablo Creek between Wildcat Marsh Trail and Fred Jackson Way as called for in current General Plan.
10/01/2019
Anonymous from Contra Costa Centre Bikeways from Clayton to Walnut Creek, possibly through Lime Ridge
09/21/2019
Anonymous from Other I would ride my bike for errands that don't require lots of trunk space. I would buy an ebike and use it for errands if I did not have to travel on a narrow, 2-lane 50MPH highway-like street (Cypress) with no shoulders to get anyplace at all. Many people I know who are not in a hurry (retired) would do the same if there were not just ONE unavoidable street like that.
09/19/2019
Heather from Pacheco We need improved bicycle routes, The homeless population has taken them over and its to unsafe and very dirty. it is driving people back into their cars.
09/16/2019