The City’s Plan

Intersection of Monterey and Hopkins

Discussion about making infrastructure changes to Hopkins Street began several years ago. The community became involved during the pandemic, when Zoom sessions were held to reveal the city’s vision for the street and to solicit comments about the design. The process has not been an easy one, given the pandemic, and there has not been a lot of consensus on anything except that, for safety’s sake, the street desperately needs to be repaved.

The plan is to install cycle track bike lanes from The Alameda down to Kains (just above San Pablo). A cycle track is a bike lane physically separated from traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. The space is intended to be exclusively or primarily used by bicycles. If the plan is passed as is, it will have minimal effect on some portions of Hopkins and serious effects on others.

Sutter to The Alameda

Description

This section of Hopkins is a generous 60’ wide. The two-way cycle track begins at Sutter by narrowing the roadway and giving the excess width over to bike lanes and landscaping. All parking is retained.

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The Alameda to McGee

Description

The width of the street drops to 46′ in this section. It is also basically residential, with recreational facilities on the south side of the street from Beverly to Colusa (making parking essential). There is still enough width to retain two lanes of traffic and street parking, and install bike lanes, as long as they are both on the same side of the street.

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McGee to Monterey

Street view in front of businesses on Hopkins

Description

The width of Hopkins narrows even further here. The two-track bike lane can only be accommodated by removing parking on the north side of the street.

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Monterey to Gilman

Description

From Monterey to Gilman the street width drops another 5′ to 36′. It is not possible to install the bike lanes AND retain parking, so all parking – even that in front of Monterey Market, Cafe Roma, and Hopkins Launderette – must be eliminated. Every resident along this stretch loses access to street parking.

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Gilman to Kains

Description

At 36′ wide, this section of Hopkins is not wide enough to accommodate two bike lanes in any configuration. The cycle track will eliminate virtually all street parking for over 100 residences. Two of the three shops at the foot of Hopkins and San Pablo, just west of Kains, share a very small parking lot, but the third is entirely dependent upon street parking for its customers. 

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