Today at Berkeley Lab

How Warren Elliott Spun a Dare Into a Daily Bike Commute

One day back in 2002, Warren Elliott (Facilities) was minding his own business when a co-worker and fellow Alameda resident approached him and asked: “Instead of driving to work, why don’t we ride our bikes?” Always up for a new challenge, Elliott said, “Why not? Let’s do it!” Now, at age 68, Elliott rides to the Lab five days a week and has become a competitive long-distance cyclist. More>

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Parking, Traffic and Construction Update

As construction of the Integrative Genomics Building commences, most spaces in the Bevatron lot will permanently close. The Old Town Demolition will impact Lot N1 and Segre Road through January. This map shows parking areas that typically are not fully occupied. The commute website offers information on alternative transportation. More>

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Construction on Hearst Ave. to Begin Soon

The City of Berkeley announced that construction will begin next week to make Hearst Ave. safer and easier to use for the corridor’s full mix of travelers: pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and motorists. Designing a street that balances between all modes of travel increases safety, and more easily allows people to move to and from campus. More>

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Carpool, Vanpool Workshops on Nov. 30

Learn how to create a Zimride profile, post a ride, and connect with other employees. With limited parking at the Lab, ridesharing is a great alternative. Participants should bring a laptop or smart phone. Those who post a new ride between Nov. 18 and Dec. 7 are eligible for prizes. The workshops take place at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 90-3122 or 12:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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Campus Construction on Gayley Road to Impact Traffic Nov. 16

Gayley Road, near the intersection with Stadium Rim Way, will be reduced to one lane, with two-way traffic directed by flaggers from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect delays and consider alternate routes.

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Urban Bicycling Workshop on Oct. 18, noon to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall

Staff considering biking to work, but have questions or concerns about this form of commuting, are invited to attend. Reps from Bike East Bay will share tips on how to make biking fun, safe, and stress-free. RSVP here. Alternative commute options are highly recommended with the impending loss of Lab parking due to construction. Go here for more info on Lab commute options.

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Emeryville Staffer Continues to Carpool, Even When Parking Is Plentiful

Cynthia Sylvester of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer has carpooled to Berkeley Lab almost every day since becoming an employee in 2006. Even though she’s not able to leave whenever she wants, it’s a small sacrifice considering what she’s gained over the years: commuting with friends and less stress from driving. More>

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Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza Renovation Project Begins

BART will start to cordon off BART Plaza for a $7.6M renovation project that will take approximately 14 months to complete, finishing in late 2017. The work will require the closure of some station entrances, and relocation of bus and shuttle stops. Signs and maps will direct passengers. More>

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Staff Advised to Explore Alternate Commute Options; Carpool FAQ Posted

With increased parking demand and shrinking supply, staff should consider carpooling, Lab shuttles and bicycling as commute options. Go here for information on the Carpool Pilot Program, including guidelines, map, and FAQs. Vehicles in “Carpool Only” spaces must display two parking permits, or risk citation. See parking enforcement and penalties info here (Section D.4).

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Traffic Restrictions Affect Commute Along Warring, Derby, and Claremont Ave.

Employees who use the route along the top (east side) of campus (typically from Highway 24 or 13) will be affected by paving work Sept. 6 to Oct. 14. The route will be open one-way inbound (towards campus) in the morning, and at 1 p.m. will revert to outbound until 6 p.m. when two-way traffic will be reinstated. Map>

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