The North Shattuck Association has been working with it’s members and the City of Berkeley towards a number of public improvement projects along Shattuck Avenue to improve pedestrian safety, increase parking, and bicycle and transit facilities. Completed projects include installation of bus benches, over 100 landscaped sidewalk planters, and the grant-funded bike shelter on the bulb at Vine St. and enhancements to the Virginia St. pedestrian crossing. North of Vine St., the Association recently implemented a plan to reconfigure the parking to diagonal just south of Rose St. which resulted in 10 additional spaces and a new handicapped space.
After several parklets were created along Shattuck Ave. during speical events such as Park-ing Day and the Spice of Life Festival, the Association began to work with interested businesses in the district to develop ideas for semi-permanent parklets which could provide additional seating and bike facilities at high traffic areas in the district. The Association met with the City Manager and Transportation Department staff to develop the Parklets Pilot Program for parklet projects in commercial districts across the city with outdoor seating, bike parking, landscaping, and art elements. The Association has organized a committee and allocated seed funds to three sites where there was a high level of merchant upport and pedestrian activity: in front of Guerilla Cafe/Philz Coffee; Masses Pastries/Saul’s Deli; and the Cheeseboard Bakery/Pizzeria. Designs are being developed and permitting underway for two of the sites. The Cheese Board Collective is taking the lead on the project at their site, which has received City permitting, and a Kickstarter campaign is being developed to fund the parklet for the Guerilla Cafe/Philz Coffee site.
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