Fremont acts on bicycle lane job
Fremont, CA - The City Council has hired a construction firm to undertake a project that will complete a continuous bicycle lane along bustling Fremont Boulevard, from Irvington's Five Corners to Interstate 880 near the northern city limits.
By Scott Wong, STAFF WRITER
To build the seven-mile bike lane, crews will have to create new parking areas elsewhere to compensate for the loss of dozens of spaces of street parking between Mowry Avenue and Central Avenue, and between Thornton Avenue and Beard Road.
The latest version of the project calls for fewer parking spots to be replaced. But some community members have continued to object to the plan, saying that having parking spaces moved farther away would be bad for business and cause residents undue inconvenience.
A handful of residents from Normandy Park condominiums said they were not told about the project until after it was approved by the council in early April.
"The whole process of notification came to us extremely late," resident Greg Nausin said during the Tuesday night council meeting. "I feel the way this process has been done is unprofessional because we were not notified as a community."
City Engineer Norm Hughes responded that the city is not legally required to inform residents about projects of this nature
but that city officials still handed out informational fliers in the neighborhood.
Mirroring the April decision, the council voted 3-1 Tuesday to award Chrisp Co. a construction contract totaling $110,000. Councilmember Steve Cho cast the only no vote, while Councilmember Bob Wieckowski recused himself because his law office is near the project.
Vice Mayor Dominic Dutra characterized the project as "a public improvement that is for the common good."
However, Cho said he did not believe that completing the bike lane warranted removing parking along busy stretches ofFremont Boulevard that are home to several businesses and residential complexes.
He pointed to an alternative north-south bike lane along Paseo Padre Parkway, just a quarter-mile east of Fremont Boulevard.
"This will be counterproductive for our community," he said.
Staff writer Scott Wong can be reached at email@example.com.
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