Walk This Way

At the November 18, 2021 BPAC meeting, Colin Piethe presented on the Walk This Way Toolkit.
The Walk This Way Toolkit for underpass improvements is a project that was led by the Department of Planning & Building in 2016, and is now managed by the Department of Transportation. The toolkit is aimed at helping developers, City staff, and members of the public have a 1) menu of design tools to address the dark and uninviting nature of underpasses and 2) guidance on how to navigate internal and external processes for improving underpass areas.

  • Study area: the toolkit studies 4 underpasses to develop design solutions and agency navigation for underpass improvements.
  • Oakland has over 85 pedestrian-accessible underpasses across 5 freeways.
  • The City’s Department of Race and Equity’s Oakland Equity Map visualizes priority neighborhoods and pedestrian high injury corridors.
  • The existing conditions study identifies negative sensory impacts & common characteristics of underpasses.
  • The existing conditions summary identifies patterns in the built environment that influence a pedestrian’s experience.
  • The toolkit organizes design solutions in categories guided by agency jurisdiction and permitting processes.

The full presentation and summary of discussion are below.

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November 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, November 18, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes
  • School Traffic Safety
  • Ney Avenue Traffic Calming
  • Walk This Way Toolkit
  • Committee Report-Back


  • Traffic Fatalities and Rapid Responses – CY 2021 to date
  • OakDOT Major Projects Map Updates
  • Universal Basic Mobility Pilot – OakDOT distributing 500 “Mobility Wallets”
  • Sideshow Prevention Pilot installation completed
  • School Safety Press Release and Crossing Guard Web Page
  • E-Scooter Parking
  • Before/After Evaluation on Telegraph Avenue
  • Installation of Stop Signs and Red Flashing Beacons on Northgate Avenue at Sycamore Street

More details below.

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Power the People: Martin Luther King Jr Shoreline Access Study

At the October 21, 2021 BPAC meeting, Marquita Price, Director of Urban & Regional Planning at the East Oakland Collective (EOC), gave a presentation describing EOC’s focus on shoreline access by highlighting the new Power the People: MLK Jr. Shoreline Access Study, which aims to explore feasible clean mobility options that can connect East Oakland residents to the MLK Jr. Shoreline.

About the study

Power the People: Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Access Study, is a project that will explore the feasibility of creating a new Non-Fare zero emissions bus route along 73rd Ave and other clean mobility options that will bring East Oakland residents from 94603, 94605 and 94621 zip codes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline park. In the belief that the same neighbors of East Oakland deserve better neighborhoods, this project aims to model how community can plan for improvements without displacing existing low-moderate income BIPOC residents.

The full presentation is below.

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