Success of the Detroit Avenue Complete Streets Project Celebrated!

The Monument HEAL Zone‘s Complete Streets Project to improve bicycle and pedestrian access on Detroit Avenue is complete, and all the hard work culminated in a huge celebration at Meadow Homes Park last Saturday!

photo courtesy of Central County Regional Group

photo courtesy of Central County Regional Group

This celebration marked the completion of a 4-year, resident-led project in which Central County Regional Group members, First 5 Contra Costa, residents, Monument Impact, Contra Costa Health ServicesBike East Bay/Bike Concord, the City of Concord, and Healthy & Active Before 5 worked together to invest $2.7 million for street safety improvements.

The Detroit Avenue Project was funded by Measure J and Measure Q local funds and federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) through the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) program. Read more about the project here.

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photo courtesy of the Central County Regional Group

Thanks to years of advocacy and partnership, Detroit Avenue, one of Concord’s most used streets, now has the following:

  • Four-way stop signs
  • High-visibility crosswalks
  • Sidewalk accessibility improvements
  • New extended sidewalks along the busy stretch from Clayton Road to Monument Boulevard
  • New street paving and surfacing
  • New bike lanes including green paving to increase bicyclist visibility and safety
  • 13 new streetlights

Hundreds of Concord residents came to Meadow Homes park on Saturday to celebrate the completion of the street improvements. Mayor Laura Hoffmeister congratulated the Central County Regional Group for their tireless efforts to improve the health and safety of their community.

photo courtesy of the Central County Regional Group

photo courtesy of the Central County Regional Group

Festivities included a bike rodeo and bike repairs by Bike Concord/Bike East Bay, an outdoor Zumba class by Monument Impact, face painting, children’s activities, cooking demos, and much more!

Photos courtesy of the Central County Regional Group

Why do street improvements matter for community health? Walking and biking are simple and inexpensive ways for families to be physically active, but no one wants to walk their children along dark sidewalks or bike alongside heavy traffic. Complete sidewalks, protected bike-lanes, and well-lit walkways make the entire street a safer space for pedestrians and cyclists, and help families incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. These street improvements also created safe routes to Meadow Homes Elementary, which will help families feel safe in walking their children to and from school. We couldn’t be happier!

Congratulations to the residents and organizations on this incredible accomplishment, and for a fantastic community celebration!