San Pablo Avenue, between Rivers Street and Hilltop Drive, functions as a high-speed arterial. It also serves as the main connection for local trips between northern San Pablo residential neighborhoods, central San Pablo, Hilltop Mall, Contra Costa College and other important destinations. The corridor lacks designated facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, creating a very challenging environment for walking, bicycling and transit use. Despite these conditions, people walk and bike the corridor everyday. Future changes to surrounding land uses will likely generate even more need for walkable, safe and accessible neighborhoods along the corridor.
The San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Study will focus on improving multimodal access, safety and connections along the San Pablo corridor by identifying needs and prioritizing improvements that will facilitate pedestrian, bicycle and transit trips. At the heart of this process is a public outreach effort that will bring together surrounding residents, business owners, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the final plan recommendations are both relevant to, and supported by, the local community. The study is funded by a Caltrans Environmental Justice Transportation Planning Grant.