Niles Canyon Roll & Stroll - October 11
Please join us at the Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll 2015! Walk, run or bicycle through Niles Canyon without any vehicle traffic on Sunday, October 11, from 8 am to 2 pm.
Plans for a multi-use trail through Niles Canyon connecting Fremont and Sunol are making headway. The proposed project would create a 10-foot-wide multi-use path through the picturesque canyon. A feasibility study detailing three potential routes through the canyon will be completed later this month. Niles Canyon will be closed to cars for the day on October 11, to allow the public to view potential routes in the canyon for the proposed Niles Canyon Trail. Now is your opportunity to visit with agencies evaluating the trail, provide comment on the study, and view first hand some of the challenges and opportunities the study identified. To learn more about the feasibility study or for more event details please click here. This event is sponsored by Supervisor Richard Valles office.
Read the Contra Costa Times article: Niles Canyon Traffic To Halt for A Day of Bikers and Hikers
Download a flyer for the event here
Download a program and map for the event.
If you would like to volunteer for this event contact Chris Miley at Christopher.Miley AT acgov DOT org or sign-up here.
If you would like to volunteer at the Alameda Creek Alliance table for the event, please contact Ralph Boniello at Ralph AT alamedacreek DOT org.
Caltrans Meeting on Niles Canyon Highway Widening Project October 14
Caltrans' highway widening project is back, in a different form. Caltrans is now proposing the Niles Canyon Safety Improvements Project. Caltrans describes the project as implementing "multiple spot safety improvements" on State Route 84 from Mission Boulevard to Interstate 680. This project will involve: major construction and tree cutting at the low-speed curve; cable netting and rock fall fencing in the western portion of the canyon; 6,000 feet of highway widening; two traffic signals in Sunol; railing replacements and upgrades; removal of the Stonybrook Creek box culvert; and removal of 35 trees and relocation of 17 utility poles next to the roadway.
The scoping comment period is through October 30. Caltrans will then prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the project. There will be a public scoping hearing in Sunol the evening of Wednesday, October 14, to provide updated information about the safety improvements planned to date and considerations in forming the range of possible alternatives to be evaluated in the EIR. The meeting will include a brief presentation at 6:30 pm followed by an opportunity to provide verbal or written comments to Caltrans staff.
Public Scoping Meeting Information: Wednesday, October 14, 6 to 8 pm, at the Sunol Glen Elementary School Cafeteria, 11601 Main Street, Sunol.
Alameda Creek Alliance Membership Dinner - October 17
The Alameda Creek Alliance's annual membership dinner will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, at Chouinard Winery along Stonybrook Creek, in Niles Canyon.
Dinner will be provided by Catering by Gilda. The buffet-style dinner will include lemon pepper chicken, roasted vegetables, tri-tip steak, organic salad and dessert.
Many of Chouinard's fabulous wines will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle.
Music by Michael McNevin & The Spokes
There will be brief presentations by Jeff Miller and Ralph Boniello of the Alameda Creek Alliance on the status of restoration projects in the watershed and ongoing volunteer projects.
Tickets are $55 per person, which includes dinner. You can easily and safely buy your dinner ticket through PayPal here:
(one ticket purchase at a time)
Or send a check to the ACA for $55 per ticket to reserve your spot.