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  Coming Soon With Your Help - Richmond Community-Driven Pedestrian Plan
April 25, 2010

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Click here for the Schedule of Community Events and Click here for the Poster.

This project is funded by a Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant that Local Government Commission, Nancy Baer of Contra Costa Health Services and City staff collaborated on to prepare. I'm excited to note that we will be using a charrette-style approach with Dan Burden to engage the public. The first community event will be taking place the evening on May 12, followed by workshops May 19 - 22, and then a closing meeting on May 27. As an added bonus, a community bike ride and workshop is happening on May 15 to gather input for developing a new City bicycle plan. May is going to be a very busy month!

Why a Pedestrian Plan?

During 2010, the City will complete a plan to improve the safety and convenience of walking throughout Richmond. The focus will be on measures to create streets, sidewalks and surroundings that calm traffic, invite people of all ages and abilities to walk, and provide positive places for association and community pride. The plan will help the City set priorities, seek funding, and establish policies to improve the walking environment. An intensive public participatory process is being used to develop the plan. The effort is made possible through a Caltrans Environmental Justice: Context‐sensitive Design Planning Grant received by the City in partnership with the Local Government Commission (LGC). The City and LGC have joined with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), Fehr and Peers, and Moore, Iacafano, Goltsman (MIG) to conduct community outreach and prepare the plan.

What Will Happen During the Process?

Potential design solutions will be studied where there have been high accident rates involving pedestrians and in some of the City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Emphasis will be given to conditions and challenges that appear in these locations and elsewhere in Richmond, such as:
• Incomplete or inadequate walkways
• Speeding traffic on residential streets
• Railroad tracks and crossings
• Under‐utilized corridors in need of revitalization
• Dead‐end locations
• Freeway on and off ramps and overpasses
• Dark streets with poorly maintained or vacant properties

How Can I be Involved?
Come to the Kickoff Meeting! Participate in the workshops! Tell your neighbors! Refreshments and childcare will be provided at all events and they will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Pedestrian Plan Community Kickoff Meeting
May 12th, 6:00‐8:00 PM
Richmond Recreation Complex ‐ 3230 Macdonald Avenue
Everyone is invited to the Pedestrian Plan Kick‐off meeting, featuring nationally‐known walkability expert Dan Burden. Participants will see a powerful and informative presentation on how to create places where people can and want to walk, and help identify leading issues to address in the plan.

Walkable Design Workshop
Wednesday, May 19th, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Avenue

Walkable Design Workshop Presentations in Spanish
Thursday, May 20, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s Church, 159 Harbour Way

Walkable Design Workshop
Saturday, May 22, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Coronado Elementary School, 2001 Virginia Avenue
At the workshops, Dan and a skilled design team will observe walking conditions together with residents. Participants will then work around table maps and have a direct role in creating the plan. The design team will translate the input into specific solutions for these neighborhoods and recommendations for the entire city.

Closing Community Meeting
Thursday, May 27th, 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Richmond Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Avenue
The team will review the results from the community input and present initial concepts and recommendations for feedback at this closing event.

What Will Happen with the Plan?
The design team will use the input from the community meetings and neighborhood workshops to prepare the pedestrian plan. The plan will be presented at a community meeting in the fall for further feedback before it is presented to the City Council for approval and implementation decisions. The completed Richmond Pedestrian Plan will include policies, strategies and actions to prioritize pedestrian improvements in existing neighborhoods and to direct improvements in new development projects.

Visit www.richmond.ca.us/pedplan for more information.
Or Contact:
Hector Rojas, Richmond Planning Department
510‐620‐6662 • Hector_Rojas@ci.richmond.ca.us
Nancy Baer, Contra Costa Health Services
925‐313‐6837 • nbaer@hsd.cccounty.us
Josh Meyer, Local Government Commission
916‐448‐1198 x310 • jmeyer@lgc.org