December 7, 2017

Every month, many of you reach out to my office about traffic concerns on your street: dangerous crosswalks, new traffic due to apps that reroute drivers, speeding issues, etc. This is very important to me and my office is working diligently on these issues.  Please be aware that the deadline for traffic calming requests is Dec. 31. The application process, data collection, and staff analysis are a year-long process, so if you've considered applying for traffic calming, I would encourage you to submit your request in the next few weeks. The first step is a basic one page document.

  • For a detailed timeline and instructions on how to apply for traffic calming, go to You'll need to fill out an initial one page application by Dec. 31.

  • Traffic calming requests can result in several different outcomes: the City utilizes traffic circles, rapid flashing beacons, and speed tables as traffic calming measures but traffic calming requests often do not result in stop signs due to various state and federal agency regulations. Council has asked staff to provide more information on this matter.

We need to do more to address traffic in our neighborhoods. In June, Council increased the traffic calming budget by $50,000. Although it’s a start, it’s not nearly enough to keep up with all of the improvements needed and requested.

The City has implemented traffic mitigation measures (presentation will download) to allow for “Safe Routes to School” for Emerson Elementary School and work is currently underway to improve safe routes to school for John Muir and Le Conte Elementary schools as well. In addition, you will notice construction and safety improvements along Ashby Avenue and Tunnel Road with multiple improvements along the corridor.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

Need a street or sidewalk repair? Want to report illegal dumping?
Use Berkeley's online 311 form (either through the General Request form or a specific topic) or call 311 from a landline, or 510-981-2489. Please note that my office routes all the service requests we receive through this customer service center, so your request will be handled most efficiently by directly contacting 311.

Late Thursday Shopping in the Elmwood!

Please make sure to enjoy extended evening hours (until 8pm), discounts, and special promotions at some of your favorite Elmwood stores on Thursday nights.

Winter on the Waterfront and Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm

Join us in front of the Berkeley Yacht Club (1 Sewall Drive) for some winter fun for the whole family! We�'ll l have food, music, games, snow play, and visits with Santa. Don�'t forget to bring your jackets and blankets to bundle up and enjoy the parade of lighted boats as they sail by after dark.
* Arts & crafts activities * Face painting * Holiday music * Photo booth * Holiday treats & hot cocoa * Carnival games & prizes *
* Lighted boat parade (starts at 5:30pm)

For more information or to volunteer, call (510) 981-6740

BART Carpool Program expands to Orinda, Rockridge

Beginning November 13th, BART will reserve parking spaces in the permit area at the Orinda and Rockridge BART stations for commuters using the carpool app,Scoop. The app matches commuters into carpools the night before the trip to the station, and provides drivers with information on how and where to park. The Scoop to BART Carpool program aims to expand BART’s parking capacity, to create an easier parking experience for commuters.  Most of the agency’s 48,000 parking spaces fill by 8:00 a.m. each weekday. Ninety-five percent of those spots are taken by solo drivers, according to a 2016 passenger survey.  BART’s new program offers commuters the opportunity to secure a parking space in exchange for a shared trip.

To get guaranteed parking at Orinda and Rockridge BART stations: download the app at, use promo code BARTLOVE05 to receive a $5 credit, type in the BART station name, and schedule a ride either before 9:00 p.m. the night before the morning commute or by 3:30pm for that evening’s commute.  Shortly after the deadline, Scoop notifies commuters who have matched with one of their 65,000+ users. Scoop coordinates with BART to help verify carpoolers and ensure smooth operations every morning.

This program was developed by MTC, BART and Scoop, and made possible with funding from a Federal Transit Administration Mobility On Demand Sandbox grant. BART, MTC, and Scoop plan to continue expanding this service to additional BART stations throughout this and next year. More information about this program can be found or