Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan

The City of Newark was awarded a grant in the amount of $119,000 from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) to develop its first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. This grant is through the Measure B Bicycle and Pedestrian Countywide Discretionary Fund Program (Cycle 4). The City’s matching funds in the amount of $30,000 are from Measure B pass-through bicycle and pedestrian funds.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is needed as a comprehensive planning document that will provide a vision for Newark’s future biking and walking environment. The plan will include an analysis of existing conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists in Newark and will put forth recommendations for making biking and walking more viable alternatives to automobile use for recreational, school, and work trips. The plan will thoroughly address gap closure needs, safety improvements and programs, and improving convenient access to public transit, activity centers, and schools. The ultimate goal is to prioritize and implement infrastructure improvements and educational/enforcement programs that will improve the biking and walking environment in Newark. This will result in reduced traffic congestion and improve the overall health of the community. For additional details, please see the project summary ACTIA project summary.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Website

The City's transportation planning consultant, Fehr & Peers, has established a dedicated website where information related to development of the master plan will be available to the public.  Please visit this website at http://newarkbikepedplan.fehrandpeers.net to review the master plan components and provide your own input on the plan.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

As part of the development process for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, the City Council formed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The BPAC is made up of seven community members who are interested in bicycling and pedestrian related issues. The BPAC’s assignment is to advise City staff and the City’s transportation planning consultant, Fehr & Peers, during development of the Master Plan document.

Two community workshops were held along with several BPAC meetings to develop each chapter of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.  The City is in the process of completing a final draft version of the master plan that is scheduled to be available for review by the BPAC and the general public in the Summer of 2012.  Stay tuned to this webpage for additional information. 

If you have any questions, please contact Soren Fajeau at (510) 578-4286 or soren.fajeau@newark.org.