As part of the $198,250,000 Measure DD Bond, a General Obligation bond approved by Oakland voters in 2002, $43,500,000 of the Estuary Waterfront Access category is designated for waterfront trail and parks acquisition and construction. Through this category of funding, Oakland is completing local segments of the regional San Francisco Bay Trail, a 500-mile walking and cycling path around the San Francisco Bay that passes through 47 cities and all nine Bay Area counties. The City has completed several segments and is in various stages of design on the remaining segments that still need to be constructed to close the Bay Trail gaps in Oakland.
At the December 2, 2021 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Dean Hsiao gave a presentation [PDF] on the Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) project in Downtown Oakland. The red dots on map are traffic signals that are going to updated with LPI, and green dots are ones that can not be updated due to older technology. Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.
“Leading pedestrian interval” (LPI) — a walk light is provided a few seconds in advance of the green light for cars
Studies show it can reduce car/pedestrian collisions up to 60%.
85 signals in the Downtown area being updated.
36 signals completed (northern half of Downtown)
49 remaining, to start in December (southern half of Downtown)
Other locations in Downtown need to have signal controller tech updates to allow for retiming, or to add pedestrian walk signal heads.
The program started in late spring-early summer. Sideshow activities increased by a lot during pandemic.
Oakland PD reached out to OakDOT for help, and OakDOT reached out to other jurisdictions to learn from their experiences.
Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.