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Robert Prinz

Rank: "Jane Jacobs" Civic Points: 15,755
  • 3219 King Street Berkeley, CA 94703, USA - South Berkeley

    Another paved over bike blvd stencil, this time on s-bound King St just after Fairview St. These are usually due to PG&E jobs that were never closed out sufficiently, so please send them back here to finish the job.

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  • Pothole Closed
    322-338 27th Street Oakland, CA 94612, USA - Oakland Ave-Harrison St

    The newly striped bicycle lanes on W-bound 27th Street approaching Broadway are great, but the new alignment puts the bike lane right on top of a very wide and long gap between the concrete slabs in the street. This longitudinal gap could very easily grab a bike tire and cause a crash, which at this location could mean the bicyclist falling into the travel lane to the left and being run over. I know concrete patch work is very expensive, but a short term fix of expansion joint rope and caulk could be installed for only around $50 worth of materials. Please take care of this serious issue ASAP!

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  • Decoto Road Newark, California - Fremont

    SW-bound Decoto Rd becomes Hwy 84 right after the I-880 interchange. Decoto Rd has on-street Class II bicycle lanes, but Hwy 84 is a restricted access freeway with no bicycles allowed. A bicycle path paralleling Hwy 84 is provided with an entrance to the right, leading to Ardenwood Farm, but no signage is provided telling bicyclists they are required to exit Decoto Rd at the path and may not continue straight as the street becomes Hwy 84. This is extremely dangerous as any bicyclists who continue straight will be forced to turn around and head back against traffic to get to the path entrance.

    Please add signage leading up to and at this path entrance letting bicyclists know they are required to exit, as well as milage indicating the distance to Ardenwood Farm and other nearby destinations.

    The actual bike lane crossings of the 880 on and off ramps could use a lot of work, as well, to make them safer and easier to use.

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  • Parking Enforcement Acknowledged
    2101-2115 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94612, USA - Downtown

    Three vehicles were double parked in the bike lane on Webster Street this morning between 22nd and 21st Streets. An Oakland parking enforcement vehicle was on Webster right in front of me, flashing lights on, with the illegally parked vehicles in plain view ahead, but then just turned right on 22nd and drove away with no tickets written. What the heck is going on?! Double parking on Webster St is rampant from 22nd Street all the way south to 7th Street, often blocking the bike lane and causing serious safety and congestion issues. Please write some tickets! At the very least any delivery vehicles should park at the far left blocking one of the 2-3 car lanes, instead of on the right blocking the only bike lane and half of another travel lane.

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  • Wildcat Canyon Road Orinda, CA 94563, USA - Orinda

    The intersection of Camino Pablo and Wildcat Canyon Road gets a huge amount of bicycle traffic, as it is the meeting of two very popular bike routes. However, there is no indication of where the loop detectors are in the pavement, which is supposed to detect cars and bikes in order to turn the light green.

    I have seen many bicyclists wait and wait here and never get a green light, then eventually give up and run the red, which can be very dangerous. As such, bicycle stencils are needed on each leg of this intersection, including the left turn lanes on Camino Pablo, so bicyclists will know where to wait. Adding standard "wait on stencil for green light" signs would also be beneficial.

    Another option would be to change this intersection from loop detection to video detection so that cyclists would not need to know where to wait at all.

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  • 500-584 55th Street Oakland, California - Shafter

    The bike lanes on 55th Street are great, for the most part, but the shared-lane section from Shattuck Ave to Telegraph Ave is terrifying. The drivers along this block are completely unwilling to share the lane with people on bikes, and often pass at high speed and at very close distance even with oncoming traffic. Perhaps it is due to the proximity of the Hwy 24 on/off ramps but people are very impatient on this block and always rush to pass bicyclists even to just reach the next red light.

    The bike lanes on 55th Street desperately need to be extended to this block in both directions, even if it means taking out on-street car parking, which is largely used by shady camper vans anyway. If bike lanes can't be accomplished in the short term then "bikes may use full lane" and/or the new "give three feet to pass" signs should be installed in both directions as soon as possible.

    A mural and better lighting on this underpass could also help to calm impatient drivers and encourage them to act more responsibly, as well as discourage the frequent dumpers and taggers. If some measures aren't taken then it's only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed here.

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  • 1400-1404 Franklin Street Oakland, CA 94612, USA - Downtown

    Utility work was done on the east side of Franklin St just north of 14th St, but this pavement patch in the crosswalk and right in line with bicycle traffic entering the bike lane is very uneven, and could cause somebody to trip or a bicyclist to crash. Please send the utility crew back to this location to fix the pavement.

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  • 1396 5th Street Oakland, California - Acorn-Acorn Industrial

    Ever since the planned senior housing facility east of the West Oakland BART station burned down and was abandoned, the sidewalk and bike lane along the east side of Mandela Parkway between 5th and 7th Streets has been a mess. Even though the developer is not taking responsibility for this damage there are still people living in the neighborhood and trying to walk and bike here.

    I've included a photo of a mother pushing her child in a stroller on the street because the sidewalk is in such a bad condition and unusable. I imagine the developers of the housing facility were well insured and compensated for their loss, and I feel that part of that compensation should go toward fixing the public facilities that were also damaged in the construction and fire, but never finished or repaired.

    For a site so close to transit, bicycle, and housing facilities, it is especially shameful that these issues have not been addressed already. At the very least, please start with replacing this sidewalk and ensuring that people can walk and travel safely here. Thank you in advance for your attention.

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  • Parking Enforcement Acknowledged
    355 Mandela Parkway Oakland, CA 94607, USA - Acorn-Acorn Industrial

    Trucks are often parked illegally in the bike lane on south bound Mandela Parkway just south of 5th Street. It is so frequent that it seems like the business here is using the bike lane as on-street truck parking, although even using the bike lane as a loading zone should be discouraged. Please enforce this no parking area and keep the bike lanes clear.

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  • 333 20th Street Oakland, CA 94612, USA - Downtown

    Utility/construction crew forcing car traffic into bike lane at an already very dangerous location without proper traffic controls. S-bound Webster St just south of 20th St.

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  • Pothole Archived
    5215 Genoa Street Oakland, CA 94608, USA - Santa Fe

    Large sinkhole/dip in pavement on S bound Genoa St between 53rd and 52nd Streets, right in the line of bicycle traffic. Please fix!

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  • Pothole Closed
    4412 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94609, USA - Temescal

    Large pothole on N bound Webster St between 44th and 45th Streets, right in the line of bicycle traffic. Please fix!

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  • 3566-3732 Hollis Street Oakland, California - Clawson

    Smashed computer monitor in the bike lane on northbound Hollis Street in the Hwy 580 underpass. The darkness of the underpass combined with the large computer monitor and broken glass all add up to a very hazardous situation. Please clean up ASAP, thanks!

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  • Other Archived
    5301-5367 Shattuck Avenue Oakland, CA 94609, USA - Shafter

    Lots of broken glass in bike lane on southbound Shattuck Ave between 54th and 53rd Streets.

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  • Other Issues Archived
    3226 King Street Berkeley, CA 94703, USA - South Berkeley

    A utility crew cut and patched this piece of pavement on south bound King St after Harmon St, but they neglected to repaint the bike boulevard stencil. Please send them back to this location to finish the job.

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  • Other Issues Acknowledged
    3226 King Street Berkeley, CA 94703, USA - South Berkeley

    The pavement was cut into here for some utility work and nicely resurfaced, but the bike boulevard stencil was not repainted. Please send the utility crew back to this location to have them finish the job, and remind them that street paint always needs to be replaced before they close out a project.

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  • 2287-2299 Tunnel Road Oakland, California - Hiller Highlands

    Tunnel Rd is a very popular route for bicyclists, and while most drivers are very courteous some still insist on passing while in a blind curve, with no idea as to whether and oncoming traffic is right around the corner. Just yesterday the driver of a large dump truck barreled past me a high speed into the oncoming lane, and was very lucky that nobody came around the corner at the same time.

    The rangers at Mt. Diablo State Park are dealing with this same issue by putting out "Do Not Pass On Blind Curves" signs (more info at http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23880559/danger-mt-diablo-new-messages-aim-stop-bike), and this sounds like a reasonable reminder for Tunnel Rd as well as other curvy bike routes in the Oakland hills.

    The issue is most significant in the uphill direction where there is the largest speed differential, and so I suggest a sign at this specific location on Tunnel Rd, although many other locations would also be appropriate.

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  • Parking Enforcement Acknowledged
    3100 Mandela Parkway Oakland, CA 94608, USA - Clawson

    Car in the N-bound bike lane outside of 3100 Mandela Pkwy. There are multiple open parking spots on the same block, no excuse. There are cars parked here constantly, and I just passed two more in the bike lane south of here, again with open curbside parking spots within 100 feet. Please enforce and help keep the bike lanes clear for bikes.

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  • Parking Enforcement Acknowledged
    1616 Franklin Street Oakland, California - Downtown

    Can Oakland Police PLEASE do something about the rampant double-parking in the bike lanes that happens along all of Franklin and Webster Streets every day, from 21st Street all the way south to 14th Street (and beyond, not in a bike lane).

    This photo just south of Franklin and 17th shows three cars all parked in the bike lane next to each other (with a 4th that pulled away as soon as I took out my camera). The USPS truck right behind them all is trying to do the right thing by stopping in one of the three other travel lanes, instead of the single bike lane. Alas, this effort to be thoughtful is stymied by all of the other double parkers ahead of them, causing cyclists to have to move two lanes over in order to pass this mess.

    I know that the only thing that will realistically keep drivers out of the bike lane are physically-separated facilities, but until then can OPD at least ticket the heck out of the people who park illegally on every block here, every day? It's getting to the point where there are so many double parkers that I spend more time outside of the bike lane and in it.

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  • Other: Signs Archived
    5301 Claremont Avenue Oakland, CA 94618, USA - Shafter

    Ped/bike crossing warning sign missing on S-bound Claremont Ave just N of Cavour St. The pole and sign are stashed behind the bushes in front of the Columbo Club at this location.

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