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#IdleNoMore: Shut Down Telegraph Planning Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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People's Park, Berkeley
Free Speech Stage

Planning/discussion meeting on closing Telegraph Avenue, from Dwight to Bancroft, to vehicular traffic.

This portion of Telegraph will become a pedestrian (and bicyclist) plaza. [With brief interruptions allowing for perpendicular traffic on Haste, Channing, and Durant to pass through at intersections.] This plan can be done with just minor alterations to traffic patterns, and planter boxes blocking off the plaza from motor vehicles.

The secondary part of this plan is the creation of a bicycling lending program to promote healthy living and a cleaner environment. From the Telegraph Plaza, or from BART stations, people will be able to rent bikes and ride through the city, waterside and hillscape. For the elderly and disabled, there will be bicycle taxi services to move people around.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 9:32AM
§Overhead view of proposal
by INM Plan
Overhead view of proposal, Dana becomes 2-way from Bancroft to Dwight mirroring the traffic of Bowditch. Dwight briefly becomes 2 way to allow traffic to seek street parking or passage to the parking garage by going around the plaza. Buses will follow the new path of traffic.

Telegraph is a plaza from Dwight to Bancroft with brief interruptions to passing perpendicular traffic. Deliveries can be made from trucks parked at intersections, and inventory carted to businesses.

The plaza will have a bike lending program and increased bike parking. There will be bike taxi services for disabled, elderly, or those traveling with small children. The traffic flow redirects cars around the plaza, and makes drivers more aware of the act of driving, which in turn will discourage many people from taking their cars to the plaza in the first place. Between the alterations in traffic flow and the increased bicycle ease-of-access, a substantial amount of people will chose to walk, bike, or take a bus to the plaza.
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