Citywide Active Transportation Enhancement Project

At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, David Pene and Jason Cook gave a presentation on OakDOT’s Active Transportation Enhancement Project. Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

  • Objectives
    • Add physical separation to existing curbside buffered bike lanes with known issues.
    • Provide safer pedestrian access to key locations.
    • Implement the toolkit that was developed as part of the Curbside Class IV Bikeway Analysis and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools.
  • ACTC COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant
    • $75k Grant with $75k Local Match ($150,000 total) for quick-build transportation improvement projects that support improved bicycle and pedestrian accessibility to local businesses. Deadline for implementation is March 31, 2021.
  • Candidate Locations:
  • Rapid Response Locations:
    • Foothill Blvd and 26th Ave
    • Foothill Blvd and Cole St
    • Foothill Blvd and Munson Wy
    • 7th St and Filbert St
  • High Injury Network:
    • Foothill Blvd and 33rd Ave
    • Coolidge Ave and School St
  • Essential Places Locations:
    • Bancroft Ave and Avenal Ave
    • San Pablo Ave and Myrtle St
    • 18th St and Adeline St
    • 18th St mid-block west of Adeline St
  • Bikeway Separation:
    • Embarcadero from the Embarcadero Bridge to Oak St: Address parking in bike lane
  • Class IV Bikeway Candidate Locations
    Currently in Preliminary Design Phase. Construction to begin in 2021.
    (Chosen from existing Class II buffered bike lanes)
    • MacArthur Blvd–58th Ave–Richards Rd
    • 3rd St/Mandela Pkwy – Union St – 5th St •
    • 17th St – San Pablo Ave – Telegraph Ave
    • EB E12th St–16th Ave – 18th Ave
    • E10th St – Kaiser Conv. Center Dwy – 2ndA ve
    • Harrison St Slip Turn – Harrison St–Grand Ave
    • Embarcadero West – Embarcadero Bridge – Oak St

View the full presentation below or download it here [PDF]

Presentation notes

  • This is a follow-up on earlier discussion with this committee on buffered-to-protected bikeway upgrade guidelines.
  • The scope of this project has now increased to also include more durable, quick-install pedestrian safety enhancements.
  • Bikeway separation materials have been narrowed down to:
    • Doweled-in concrete (meaning concrete installed on top of existing asphalt roadway but held in place with fiberglass dowels),
    • precast concrete (or recycled rubber) islands,
    • or modular curb & marker posts (more durable than K71 posts currently used by OakDOT).
  • The K71 posts are not holding up as well as hoped; the options listed above are all about as expensive but require less maintenance.
  • The City is applying for a $75k Alameda CTC grant + $75k local match for quick-implementation to install bike & walk improvements to local businesses.
    • March 31, 2021 deadline for installation. OakDOT to install treatments at several candidate locations via in-house crews.
  • Class 4 protected bikeway conversions construction to begin in 2021 (7 candidate locations chosen, full list in presentation).
  • There are questions being asked about the bikeway conversion, regarding: Fire department access, ADA access, number of driveways, drainage needs, street sweeping, garbage collection, and other OakDOT projects on the corridor.
  • All candidates are curbside buffered bike lanes already, so no parking removal needed.

Discussion

  • Make sure visibility of new bikeway treatments is considered, and that new protected bikeways include bike left-turn treatments at intersections.
    •  These elements will be considered.
  • How is the local match being funded?
    • $75k will be matched significantly by staff time—not materials. Mostly from Measure BB/B funding or SB1 gas tax money.
  • Will it be difficult to acquire materials? The rubberized islands are manufactured in the UK.
    • Perhaps, but the biggest question is whether City crews will be able to install items.
  • Participant interest in proposed protected bikeway locations on Embarcadero and Mandela, and also MacArthur by Mills College.
  • How will protected bikeways be maintained/cleaned?
    • City is working with Public Works on purchase of mini street-sweeper. In the short-term, OakDOT is using a Bobcat outfitted with a broom on front to clean bikeways.
  • Staff comment: The four materials are comparable in cost. They are most interested in concrete for its durability and for its aesthetics. OakDOT’s concrete crew has limited capacity, and it’s located in another division. The Traffic Maintenance Section within the Safe Streets Division has staff who are very capable at installing surface-mounted materials. So even though the cost is comparable, who can build it is a key factor for us in figuring out how to do this work in an efficient manner.

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