Power the People Project – Update

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, Danielle Dynes and Citlalli Herrera, Community Planning Organizers at the East Oakland Collective (EOC), shared the Power the People: MLK Jr. Shoreline Access Study one-year recap since their last presentation in October 2021. This project aims to explore feasible clean mobility options that can connect East Oakland residents to the MLK Jr. Shoreline.

View the project StoryMap here.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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School Safety: School Crossing Guard Program, School Safety Patrol, and Traffic Safety Design Elements

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Assistant Engineer II Lucas Woodward provided an update on how the Safe Streets Traffic Engineering Team works to address school traffic safety in Oakland. This includes a discussion of 311 requests, citywide programs, and capital projects.

OakDOT School Traffic Safety Supervisor Paul Cirolia then provided an overview of the School Crossing Guard and Safety Patrol programs, which moved to OakDOT’s Safe Streets Division from OPD as part of the Reimagining Public Safety efforts in 2021.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentations.

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Reduced Speed Limits in Business Activity Districts

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Assistant Director, Megan Wier, provided an overview of OakDOT’s citywide analysis to identify eligible Business Activity Districts, OakDOT’s prioritization approach, and timeline for implementation.

Slowing Speeds in Business Activity Districts: Assembly Bill 43, Friedman: Traffic Safety (AB 43) was signed into law in late 2021 by California’s Governor. Under AB 43, local governments may, by ordinance, set a prima facie speed limit of 20 mph or 25 mph on streets contiguous to a “business activity district” (a new designation authorized by AB 43).

The ordinance amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 10.20 (Speed Limits) to establish 20 mile per hour (MPH) and 25 MPH speed limits in Business Activity Districts informed by this analysis was approved by City Council on November 1, 2022 and is scheduled for final passage at City Council on December 6, 2022.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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November 2022 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, November 17, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • School Safety: School Crossing Guard Program, School Safety Patrol, and Traffic Safety Design Elements
  • Reduced Speed Limits in Business Activity Districts
  • OakDOT Rapid Responses to Fatal Crashes
  • Power the People Project

Announcements:

  • BPAC Agenda Sign-Up List
  • Adeline St – PG&E Restoration and Road Diet
  • OakDOT Follow-up Regarding TOWN Presentation at BPAC Meeting and ATP Cycle 6 Outcome

More details below.

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November 2022 Infrastructure Committee Meeting

The BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, 3:30-5:30pm online and by phone.
Agenda topics include:

  • Grand Avenue Complete Streets Project
  • Slow Streets/Neighborhood Bike Routes (NBRs) Outreach
  • MLK Jr. Way Streetscape and Road Diet proposals
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Transforming Oakland’s Waterfront Neighborhoods (TOWN) Project

At the October 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Senior Transportation Planner, Audrey Harris, provided an overview of the TOWN projects, a suite of infrastructure improvements that will provide safer, more sustainable and more equitable access between Downtown, Chinatown, and West Oakland and the waterfront while protecting and enhancing goods movement in and out of the nearby Port of Oakland. The TOWN projects have also been designed to facilitate access to and from the proposed Waterfront Ballpark District at Howard Terminal which if approved, would deliver an urban infill project that proposes to build a new ballpark, up to 3,000 new housing units, 1.7 million square feet of commercial space, a 400-room hotel, a 3,500-seat performance venue, and 18 acres of open space, including an extension to the Bay Trail.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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OakDOT Rapid Responses to Fatal Crashes

At the October 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT’s Safe Streets Division Manager Megan Wier, Supervising Transportation Engineer Joe Wang, and Transportation Engineers Mandana Ashti and Brian Sukkar provided an overview of OakDOT’s Rapid Response to fatal traffic crashes.

Oakland Police Department’s Lieutenant Fleming and Sergeant Bellusa also shared information regarding OPD’s crash investigations, which inform OakDOT rapid responses.

OakDOT staff also shared two case studies of rapid responses to recent crashes involving people walking and biking.

An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

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October 2022 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, October 20, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recognizing and Thanking Dave Campbell
  • Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes
  • OakDOT Rapid Responses to Fatal Crashes
  • Transforming Oakland’s Waterfront Neighborhoods (TOWN) Project

Announcements:

  • BPAC Agenda Sign-Up List
  • Survey on Oakland as a Bicycle Friendly Community — Survey deadline is on Nov. 6
  • Citywide Bikeways 2021- Construction completed
  • AB43 Implementation
  • Traffic Fatalities Tracking
  • Paint the Town Murals: A Paint the Town mural was painted by Seyed Alavi and neighbors on September 11-12, 2022, in the intersection of Dover St and 56th St.
  • Coordinated Street Furniture Program
  • OakDOT Major Projects Map Updates
  • Bicycle Facilities Map Update

More details below.

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East Bay Greenway – Updated Design

At the September 15, 2022 BPAC meeting, Matthew Bomberg, Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) Senior Transportation Engineer, will provide a presentation on the East Bay Greenway project, a regional active transportation project being planned and implemented by Alameda CTC in partnership with the City of Oakland. The project is identified in local and regional plans, including the City’s Bike Master Plan and Measure BB Transportation Expenditure Plan. Alameda CTC is currently developing conceptual plans and conducting community engagement and environmental studies for an East Bay Greenway project which can be implemented in a near-term (3-5 year) timeframe.

The full presentation is below.

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Transport Oakland Happy Hour

Transport Oakland is hosting their September Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Double Standard (2424 Telegraph Ave).

“Come mingle with fellow transporters and help us welcome Oakland’s new Director of Transportation Fred Kelley.”

RSVP here.

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