"A bicycle shortcut from east to west"
The best thing Channing Way has going for it is that it's a Bicycle Boulevard. It's a completely residential street from end to end, very quiet, but it's great for biking because of the traffic calming measures that are in place. There are numerous traffic circles intended to slow down vehicular traffic so that cyclists have a safer space to ride. At major intersections there are special lanes for bicycles to pull into so that it will trip the sensor and change the traffic lights from red to green. Overall it's a quick way to get from west Berkeley to the Cal campus and anywhere inbetween.