Mills Sponsors Neighborhood Bike Ride as Part of Community Transportation Improvement Effort
Oakland, CA–April 24, 2014 Mills College is teaming up with the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council and East Bay cycling communities in a community bike ride around Mills College, the Laurel District, and Maxwell Park on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Participants of all ages are invited to meet at Adams Plaza in the center of the Mills College campus at 5000 MacArthur Boulevard at 10:30 am. The bike ride will begin at 11:00 am. All cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Mills campus at the end of the ride with music and other festivities. Families with young children have the option to participate in a bike tour around the Mills campus in lieu of joining the street ride.
Cyclists will enjoy the newly repaved and striped bike lanes along MacArthur Boulevard near Mills College—from High Street to Seminary Avenue—where the city of Oakland has recently completed the first phase of a community transportation project to make travel along this corridor easier, safer, and more inviting.
The LAMMPS Project (Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary Avenue) was inspired by a Mills public policy student’s senior thesis to find solutions to a dangerous labyrinth of sidewalks, paths, and crosswalks caused by the freeway next to the College. Alysha Nachtigall ’07, MPP ’08, surveyed more than 500 residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Maxwell Park and the Laurel District. Her research pointed to several suggestions, including a bike lane that would improve and increase pedestrian and bicycle access from Maxwell Park and Mills to the Laurel District around the freeway. Nachtigall’s vision led to Sunday’s neighborhood bike ride.
After the ride, participants will also have a chance to provide suggestions and input about key points of interest that are still in development via the LAMMPS Project. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is currently scheduled to attend.
This event is sponsored by Mills College and the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council Blight and Beautification Neighborhood Action Team (B&B NAT) with support from Bike East Bay. For more information about the bike ride, please visit the event site.
LAMMPS is a community-driven, community-based plan designed to improve transportation conditions along MacArthur Boulevard between High Street and Seminary Avenue. For more details on the LAMMPS project, see http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/EC/s/DGP/OAK026075.