November 2020 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, November 19, 2020; 6:00-8:00 pm
Teleconference
View and download the full agenda packet [8.5MB PDF].

Commissioners

Reginald K Burnette Jr, Andrew Campbell, Grey Gardner, Jesse Jones, Phoenix Mangrum, George Naylor, Mariana Parreiras, Patricia Schader, Dianne Yee

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 [PDF], all participants will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations are required.


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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  • By phone—please call on one of the above listed phone numbers. You will be prompted to “Raise Your Hand” by pressing *9 to speak when Public Comment is taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Please unmute yourself by pressing *6.

If you have any questions, please email Noel Pond-Danchik, staff liaison to the commission.


AGENDA

TimeItem #Topic (Click on title for presentation and notes)
6:001Teleconference Protocol/Roll Call/Determination of Quorum/Introductions (10 minutes)
6:102Open Forum / Public Comment (10 minutes) Notes are below.
Members of the public may comment on any issue within BPAC’s subject matter jurisdiction. Comments on a scheduled agenda item will be heard with that item. The BPAC’s Open Forum Committee tracks Open Forum issues raised by the public. The Committee reviews the public comments on a periodic basis to identify policy issues for discussion by the Commission. To request City services, please contact the City of Oakland Call Center (311).
6:203Approval of meeting minutes (5 Minutes)
Seek motion to adopt the October 2020 BPAC minutes.
6:254Oakland-Alameda Access Project (20 minutes)
Rodney Pimentel will present on the Oakland-Alameda Access Project which has been planned for over 30 years and has suffered several failed attempts to reached consensus on a build alternative. Recent progress by the Alameda CTC and Caltrans has led to the circulation of a Draft EIR/EA. Pending selection of a preferred alternative, the project should be in construction by 2023.
6:45514th Ave Streetscape Project (10 minutes)
OakDOT is continuing with Measure BB-funded pedestrian and bicycle improvements on 14th Avenue. Phase 1 of the project installed pedestrian crossing improvements, sidewalk upgrades, and new curb ramps between International Boulevard and E 19th Street. This upcoming phase of work will convert one lane of vehicle traffic on 14th Avenue to a buffered bike lane from Foothill to E 27th Street, install rapid flashing pedestrian beacons at seven intersections along the corridor, add corner bulb-outs at all intersections from E 19th to E 27th, and plant new street trees on the sidewalk and median. Transportation Planner on OakDOT’s Great Streets Planning & Project Development Team, Charlie Ream, will be presenting on the 14th Ave Streetscape Project.
6:556Fruitvale Alive Project (10 minutes)
At long last, OakDOT is approaching Final Design for the Fruitvale Alive! Project. OakDOT Transportation Planner on the Great Streets Planning & Project Development Team, Charlie Ream, will be presenting on this project, which will create a protected bicycle connection between the Fruitvale Avenue Bridge and E 12th Street. In addition to closing this critical gap in the City’s bicycle network, this project will improve pedestrian crossings on the corridor and install new landscaping and sidewalk lighting. OakDOT is thrilled to be bringing this important project to construction. This presentation will provide an update on final design details and a schedule for construction.
7:057Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative Update (20 minutes)
BPAC Commissioner Phoenix Mangrum, lead of the Bicyclist/Pedestrian and Police Relations Committee, and Audrey Harris, OakDOT Transportation Planner, will update the commission on progress on public safety efforts, including the Safe Oakland Streets Initiative, an equity-centered analysis to inform traffic safety and crash prevention.
7:2582019 Chair’s Report (10 minutes)
Kenya Wheeler, former BPAC Commissioner who served as the 2019 BPAC Chair will present the draft 2019 BPAC Chair’s Report to the Oakland City Council for the BPAC’s review and approval. Any questions concerning the report can be provided to Kenya prior to the November BPAC meeting or addressed during the agenda item.
7:359Committee Report Back (10 minutes) Notes are below.
Committees of the BPAC will provide brief updates to the Commission. A list of active committees and report backs from committees are included in the agenda packet.
7:4510Three-month agenda look-ahead, suggestions for meeting topics, announcements (10 minutes)

Notes: Item #2: Open Forum / Public Comment

  • Howard Matis, member of the Alameda Countywide BPAC, spoke regarding the need for a bicyclist/pedestrian connection over Highway 24 between Lake Temescal and Hiller Dr. This was the location of the Landvale Bridge (1930s to 1960s). A preliminary study for a new bicyclist/pedestrian bridge was included as a candidate for the City of Oakland’s settlement funds for Caldecott Fourth Bore project. Funds were used for lower priority projects, but this was not advanced as a project. He urged that since this is a well discussed project, that funds be provided for it.
  • Daniel Swafford, Executive Director of the Laurel District Association, spoke regarding MacArthur Blvd between 35th Ave and High St, and is requesting the City of Oakland pursue a new project for a road diet in the Laurel District, building on and extending the work of the LAMMPS project which recently connected the eastern end of the Laurel commercial district to Mills College. He noted recurring safety issues with vehicles leaving the roadway.
  • Kent Lewandowski submitted a Capital Improvement Program proposal for streetscape improvements on E 21st St in the San Antonio neighborhood. He requested medians or traffic circles to reduce speeding and exhibition driving. The street is very wide from 14th Ave to 23rd Ave.
  • Maire Lanigan, a homeowner on Caldecott Lane, spoke on behalf of 340+ residents who live near the Caldecott Tunnel. These residents have signed a petition asking the City of Oakland to complete the sidewalk gap along Tunnel Rd/Caldecott Lane and make improvements at the Caldecott Lane/Kay Overcrossing intersection. These improvements were prioritized in the City of Oakland’s settlement agreement with Caltrans over the Caldecott Fourth Bore. The petition is on change.org. They are asking the City of Oakland to complete these prioritized projects to provide basic pedestrian connectivity for this neighborhood.

Notes: Item #9: Committee Report Back

  • Infrastructure Committee: Commissioner Yee noted the committee is building its agenda for its December 3rd meeting which will include AC Transit addressing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Commissioner Yee and Robert Prinz welcome suggestions for meeting topics.
  • Legislative Committee: Commissioner Gardner noted that a written update was included in the agenda packet under Announcements, copied below:
    • The Legislative Committee met on November 9th and heard a presentation by OakDOT shared mobility manager, Kerby Olsen, regarding proposed updates to the electric bikeshare program. Staff is recommending that the Council adopt an ordinance to amend the Oakland Municipal Code to rename the dockless scooter share program to the “Dockless Vehicle Share Program” and include dockless electric bicycles and tricycles as eligible vehicles for permits under the renamed program. The memo is available on the Council’s Legistar site here.
    • Also discussed was a”clean mobility voucher program” grant application submitted by OakDOT for funding to create an e-bike lending program to promote equitable access to e-bikes.
    • Additionally, committee members discussed next steps in promoting street safety legislation and seeking potential updates in December regarding legislative changes previously supported by BPAC, including legislation to authorize the city to reduce speed limits near schools.
  • Liaison to the Measure KK Oversight Committee: Chair Naylor noted the Committee has not met.
  • Liaison to the Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities: Commissioner Parreiras noted the Commission met last Monday but there were no items within BPAC’s purview.
  • Open Forum Committee: Commissioner Jones noted nothing to report.
  • Bicyclist Pedestrian Police Relations Committee: Commissioner Mangrum is looking forward to getting deeper into the police stop data and associated recommendations at their next meeting. Their priority is meeting with representatives of the Police Department, Department of Transportation, and Department of Race & Equity as recommended by Oakland’s Bicycle Plan.
  • Planning Commission Review Committee: Commissioner Schader and Chair Naylor noted the committee met last week and will meet again next week. After a hiatus, the committee is reviewing its mission and preparing for new Commissioners who will join the BPAC in January 2021.

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