Hoping to enhance an already bicycle-friendly city, the Berkeley City Council adopted the Berkeley Bicycle Plan in 2000, creating a comprehensive vision of the future of bicycling in the city. Since the city is already dense and lacks space for new roads and trails, city planners had to invent ways of increasing access to bicycling routes without adding new streetscapes. The plan outlined several new projects.
Chief among these projects are bicycle boulevards, which are streets open to all types of traffic but principally designed to accommodate bicycles. Built upon existing streets that do not have too much traffic flow, they incorporate traffic calming measures, bicycle-friendly signals and specific visuals cues. The city has converted seven streets into bicycle boulevards and continues to work on enhancing safety and design.
Other projects include expansion of the city.s already extensive network of on-street bike lanes and the addition of more bike racks throughout the city. The plan was updated in 2005 to identify current priorities.
A Safe Bike Network for Berkeley