Unfortunately, to be a pedestrian in Castro Valley can be a life-threatening experience. From Central CV to the hill areas around central, there are blocked, unimproved sidewalks on the majority of the streets. This forces pedestrians to constantly walk around the property, and around the parked cars and into almost the middle of the street. For example, to get from my house behind Redwood Road, and walk to the Post Office on Santa Maria, I encounter seven blocked sidewalks in the three blocks on Jamison to Santa Maria. The ‘poster child’ here is where one property has put up a picket fence on their unimproved sidewalk – leaving 9 inches – and then frequently parking a car against the curb.
Read more about how to improve the unimproved sidewalks at BikeWalkCV.