On June 16, 2021, OakDOT staff Emily Ehlers emailed the BPAC Infrastructure Committee, sharing the 95% plan set for a repaving and road diet project on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 7th Street to 20th Street, just west of Downtown. Robert Prinz, Brendan Pittman, and Dianne Yee reviewed the plans and submitted comments, mainly concerning upgrading curb ramps and potentially adding painted bulb-outs.
At the June 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, Laura Kaminski, Acting Strategic Planning Manager, gave an update on existing and new projects including: the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan, an Impact Fee Update, and a General Plan Update.
Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP) — Mobility Objectives:
Improve access and safety for pedestrians;
Create a world-class transit network linking Oaklanders to downtown
Develop a connected network of low-stress bicycling facilities
See map (in presentation) of Proposed Low-Stress Short-Term and Vision Bicycle Networks
Transportation Impact Fee 5-Year Update:
Update fee schedule from 2016 nexus study based on inflation along with Appendix B – what is necessary to fund cumulative CEQA traffic mitigation costs.
Provide additional fee schedule to fund list of potential citywide transportation projects not included in Appendix B.
Provide additional fee schedules to fund list of specified transportation projects included in the (1) Downtown Specific Plan (DOSP) and (2) Waterfront Ballpark District at Howard Terminal Project (offsite transportation projects, not direct impacts of Howard Terminal project)
General Plan Update Schedule
2021 spring and summer: Approach and Consultant Team Selection
General Plan Update Memo
RFP for Consultant Team (Council – September)
Backbone CBO as part of consultant team
2021 fall: Official Kick-off
2023, January: Adoption of Housing, Safety, and Environmental Justice Element
2025, July: Adoption of Land Use, Transportation, Noise, Open Space, Conservation, and Recreation Elements
At the June 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, Ryan Russo, Director of the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT), presented a brief history of bike facilities on Telegraph Avenue in Koreatown Northgate (KONO); provided an overview of what we’ve learned since the installation of an interim project in 2016; and presented an overview of the proposed recommendation to install enhanced buffered bike lanes with active curb management, which City Council will consider later this month. Director Russo shared how the public can continue participating in the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project.
What we’ve learned (2013-2019)
The number of people walking and biking doubled
People driving are three times more likely to yield to people crossing the street
People walking and biking report feeling safer with the bike lane than with the five-lane condition
Motor vehicle volumes have remained steady, but 85th percentile speeds have decreased closer to the posted speed limit of 25 mph
The less good:
Reported collisions involving people walking and biking increased by 33%
People driving park in the bike lane
Bike lane and intersection visibility concerns
Pedestrian visibility concerns
Anecdotal reports of increased near-miss collisions
Businesses report negative impacts
The full presentation and summary of discussion are below.
At the June 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, BPAC Commissioner David Ralston will announce an upcoming Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) federal planning grant opportunity to support green infrastructure and active transit connections along the I-880 corridor in East Oakland. This plan would include potential freeway lid crossings to provide equitable access for East Oaklanders to the Bay Trail and waterfront as well as co-beneficial emission reduction and carbon capture opportunities. Ralston will be seeking a letter of support from the BPAC.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), working with regional partners such as MTC and the State DOT, is preparing a planning grant application for this year’s round of federal RAISE infrastructure funding. The RAISE program (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) is a federal grants program previously known as BUILD. This program provides $1 billion in federal FY 2021 discretionary grant funding for capital projects and planning projects.
The proposed planning project focuses on the heavy-diesel “goods movement” corridor of the I-880 Freeway as it passes through the severely impacted environmentally justice disadvantaged communities of greater East Oakland (Estuary to 105th Ave., an approximately 5-6-mile segment). The project will undertake planning feasibility, technical assessments, and conceptual-development designs for utilizing Caltrans (State) ROW along this corridor for the innovative installation of co-beneficial green infrastructure that can:
Mitigate/reduce PM, Black Carbon and other Diesel emissions (as well as noise) to adjacent communities;
Sequester carbon and GHG from vehicular traffic;
Provide vegetative canopy to reduce urban heat island;
Enhance the capacity of groundwater recharge and provide flooding mitigation;
Enable and fill key active transit network gaps (such as connections between local neighborhoods, the East Bay Greenway and the Bay Trail);
Provide opportunity for green jobs works programs.
Thursday, June 17, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.
Agenda topics include:
Bike to Wherever Day Report-Back
Annual Report from Strategic Planning
Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project, 20th Street to 29th Street
Oakland RAISE – I-880 Freeway Green Infrastructure Retrofit and Active Transit Corridor Planning
Neighborhood Bike Route Implementation Guide:
A guide outlining how OakDOT will implement bike plan recommendations for “neighborhood bike routes” (also known as “bicycle boulevards”) has been published online here [PDF]. The guide was completed by the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program with input from the Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission’s Infrastructure Committee and other OakDOT sections including Traffic Engineering, Paving and Sidewalks, and Planning and Project Development. The Guide describes implementation in the following five subject areas: Scoping & Monitoring, Route Establishment, Traffic Calming, Traffic Control, and Public Notification & Comment.
$75k Grant with $75k Local Match ($150,000 total) for quick-build transportation improvement projects that support improvements to the Rapid Response locations, Essential Places Locations, and a curbside buffered bike lane upgrade. Deadline for completion is June 30, 2021.
In early May, OakDOT staff Jason Cook shared the 2021 Citywide Striping Project draft plans with the BPAC Infrastructure Committee. These plans were shared through email and not presented at an Infrastructure Committee meeting.
“The 2021 Citywide Striping Project consists of a series of enhancements and green markings to existing bike lanes throughout Oakland. We had funding become available that needs to be encumbered before the end of the fiscal year and saw this as an opportunity to put together a striping project.” –Jason Cook
“These are relatively small projects, mostly filling in bikeway gaps or adding on to and upgrading existing bike lanes. These projects do not include paving, curb ramps, posts, or other non-striping elements.” –Robert Prinz (Infrastructure Committee co-chair)
The project areas are:
35th Ave from International Blvd to Foothill Blvd
MacArthur Blvd from Boston Ave to Coolidge Ave
Washington St from 2nd St to 9th St
Market St at 7th St
E 12th St at 16th Ave
E 12th St at 22nd Ave
E 12th St at 29th Ave
W MacArthur Blvd from San Pablo Ave to 500ft west of Market St
The draft striping plan and comments by Robert Prinz and Dianne Yee are below.