Thursday, June 17, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm
View and download the full agenda packet [8MB PDF].
Reginald K Burnette Jr, Andrew Campbell, Grey Gardner, Jesse Jones, Michael Lok, Phoenix Mangrum, David Ralston, Patricia Schader, Dianne Yee
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|6:00||1||Teleconference Protocol/Roll Call/Determination of Quorum/Introductions (10 minutes)|
|6:10||2||Open Forum / Public Comment (below) (10 minutes)|
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).
|6:20||3||Approval of meeting minutes (5 Minutes)|
Seek motion to adopt the May 2021 BPAC minutes.
|6:25||4||Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes (below) (5 minutes) |
Vice Chair Schader will lead the commission in a discussion of recent bicyclist and pedestrian related crashes in Oakland.
|6:30||5||Bike to Wherever Day Report-Back (10 minutes)|
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) will report on the outcome of the May 21, 2021 Bike to Wherever Day celebrations in Oakland. View the full gallery of photos of the event by Malcolm Wallace here.
|6:40||6||Annual Report from Strategic Planning (25 minutes)|
Laura Kaminski, Acting Strategic Planning Manager, will give an update on existing and new projects including: The Downtown Oakland Specific Plan, an Impact Fee Update, and a General Plan Update.
|7:05||7||Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project, 20th Street to 29th Street (30 minutes)|
Ryan Russo, Director of the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT), will present a brief history of bike facilities on Telegraph Avenue in Koreatown Northgate (KONO); provide an overview of what we’ve learned since the installation of an interim project in 2016; and present an overview of the proposed recommendation to install enhanced buffered bike lanes with active curb management, which City Council will consider later this month. Finally, we’ll take comments and questions from BPAC Commissioners and the public, and share how the public can continue participating in the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project. View a draft of the presentation and the draft City Council Agenda Report here [PDF].
|7:35||8||Oakland RAISE – I-880 Freeway Green Infrastructure Retrofit and Active Transit Corridor Planning (5 minutes)|
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.
|7:40||9||Committee Report-Back (10 minutes)|
Committees of the BPAC will provide brief updates to the Commission. A list of active committees and report backs from committees are here.
|7:50||10||Three-month agenda look-ahead (below), suggestions for meeting topics, announcements (below) (10 minutes)|
Open Forum / Public Comment
- Patrick Traughber, District 2 resident, spoke of the need for a protected bike lane network in Oakland, and the need to accelerate the delivery of these projects, to address concerns regarding bicyclist safety.
- Luke Johnson spoke in support of Option 3 for Telegraph Ave. (See Agenda Item 7.)
- Andrew Boone spoke that Grand Ave is the greatest impediment to bicycling in central Oakland because the bike lanes are in the door zone and frequently blocked by double-parked cars. He also noted that Oakland has too many travel lanes in the downtown.
- Commissioner Jones noted that planning for the Grand Ave Mobility Plan is underway
- Mike Zorn, District 2 resident, noted that 7th Ave, 11th Ave, and E 19th St are designated bike routes but there are diagonal diverters at some of the intersections that keep bicyclists from continuing straight along these bike routes.
Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes
Vice Chair Schader reported that in the past month there were no known fatal crashes in Oakland involving pedestrians or bicyclists.
Summary of Discussion
- The Commission is tracking all pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities within Oakland, including those on State routes. This recurring item focuses specifically on fatal crashes.
- A member of the public noted there was a pedestrian crash on Telegraph Ave last month and the person was taken away in an ambulance.
- The Commission should track all crashes, not just fatal crashes.
Speakers other than commissioners: Patrick Traughber, Shari Godinez, George Spies
Three-month agenda look-ahead
- BPAC Commissioner Recruitment Outreach
- Bike Plan Update (tentative)
- Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan and Electric Bike Rental Announcement
- Meeting with Warren Logan, Transportation Advisor to the Mayor (tentative)
- Annual Paving Update (tentative)
- BPAC New Commissioner Recommendations
- Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes:
- Crash data is currently unavailable. Next month’s BPAC agenda will include information on this month’s crashes.
- Grand Avenue Mobility Plan:
The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) & West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP) would like to gather the West Oakland community again for further input on the Grand Avenue Mobility Plan! The Grand Avenue Mobility Plan is a comprehensive plan for a more inclusive, safer and sustainable transportation network on Grand Avenue between Mandela Parkway to Macarthur Boulevard. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 29th, 6:00-7:30pm, and Wednesday, June 30th, 6:00-7:30pm. Register for the meeting and request for accommodations here.
- 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.
- Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program applications:
Earlier this month, OakDOT successfully submitted two AHSC applications for Cycle 6—Longfellow and Lake Merritt Senior Center—for two existing projects with grant commitments—27th St Complete St and 14th St Safety Project (formerly known as Safe Routes in the City). If successful, the City will receive about $2.2M for both projects and support the construction of over 170 affordable housing units. Awards are expected late fall 2021. For any questions, contact Julieth Ortiz, Transportation Planner.
- RAISE Grant Application:
In collaboration with the City Administrator Office and Oakland Department of Transportation, the City of Oakland is applying for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant program, formerly known as TIGER/BUILD, which is due July 12th. The Project, Reconnecting the Town: Enhancing Oakland’s Civic Hub through Safe, Reliable, and Equitable Active Transportation, will improve access to the waterfront and enhance connectivity between West Oakland, Old Oakland, Chinatown, Downtown, Uptown, Jack London District along the Martin Luther King Jr Way and Broadway corridors. This project will close Martin Luther King, Jr. Way bikeway gaps between 2nd St and San Pablo Ave, and continue Broadway bus only lanes to create 1.25 miles of continuous north-south connection between Embarcadero West and Grand Avenue. Bus reliability and pedestrian enhancements will be installed on Broadway between Embarcadero West and 11th Street and 20th Street to Grand Avenue, and a protected bikeway and pedestrian improvements on Martin Luther, Jr. Way between 2nd St and 7th/8th Street (supplementing improvements for the Cycle 3 AHSC MLK Bike Lanes Project). The City will be requesting the maximum award amount, $25M. A project web page and a survey will be published soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Program Managers, Veronica Cummings and Julieth Ortiz.
- Commissioner Burnette wished the fathers on the Commission a very happy Father’s Day, and Chair Campbell offered warm wishes for the Juneteenth holiday and celebrations.