December 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, December 16, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm
Teleconference
View and download the full agenda packet [4mb PDF].

Commissioners

Reginald K Burnette Jr, Andrew Campbell, Grey Gardner, Michael Lok, Phoenix Mangrum, David Ralston, Patricia Schader, Dianne Yee, one vacancy

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

To join the meeting:

  • By video conference—please click on this link to download Zoom and open the meeting on a computer or smart phone at the noticed meeting time.
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To comment in the meeting:

  • In the Zoom video conference—click the “Raise Your Hand” button to request to speak when Public Comment is being taken on an eligible agenda item. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Instructions on how to “Raise Your Hand” are here.
  • 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
6:001Teleconference Protocol/Roll Call/Determination of Quorum/Introductions (10 minutes)
6:102Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes (5 minutes) below
Vice Chair Schader will lead the commission in a discussion of recent fatal and other high-profile traffic crashes in Oakland involving bicyclists and pedestrians:
On 12/4/2021 at approximately 1:46 am, a pedestrian was hit and injured while walking
Southbound on Broadway in the southbound travel lane. The driver fled the scene.
On 12/5/2021 at approximately 1:56 pm, a 41-year-old bicyclist died in a solo crash on Shepard
Canyon Road.
6:153Thanking Commissioner RB (5 minutes) below
The Commission recognized and thanked outgoing Commissioner Reginald K Burnette Jr who will be terming out after serving six years on the commission. Campbell presented Commissioner RB with a proclamation from Mayor Libby Schaaf and then the Mayor appeared in the Zoom meeting.
6:204Open Forum / Public Comment (10 minutes) 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).
6:305Approval of meeting minutes (5 Minutes)
Seek motion to adopt the November 2021 BPAC minutes.
6:356Renewal of Resolution to Continue Teleconference Meetings (5 minutes)
The Commission will consider renewing a resolution determining that conducting in-person meetings of the Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission and its committees would present imminent risks to attendees’ health, and electing to continue conducting meetings using teleconferencing in accordance with California Government Code Section 54953(e), a provision of Assembly Bill 361 (AB-361).
6:407Oakland Waterfront Trail (30 minutes)
Kristin Hathaway, Watershed and Stormwater Division and Measure DD Program Manager, will present on the status of the Oakland Waterfront Trail. 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.
7:1082021 BPAC Chair’s Report (15 minutes)
BPAC Chair Andrew Campbell will present the draft 2021 BPAC Chair’s Report to the Oakland City Council for the BPAC’s review and approval.
7:259Committee Report-Back (20 minutes)
Committees of the BPAC will provide brief updates to the Commission. A list of active committees and report backs from committees are here.
7:4510Three-month agenda look-ahead (below), suggestions for meeting topics, announcements (below), and
adjourn to holiday well wishes
(10 minutes)
  • Since the last meeting two pedestrian fatalities occurred on I-880. There are things the City of Oakland could be doing to help prevent these crashes on freeways.
  • One of this month’s fatalities was another hit-and-run—a terrible pattern with these fatal crashes.
  • Shepherd Canyon Rd is challenging for bicyclists due to the hills, curves, and drivers. It would be helpful to have more information on the details of the crash to understand better what happened.
  • Shepherd Canyon Rd is regularly frequented by bicyclists. As additional information comes available it would be very helpful to share that information through the BPAC. It is important to investigate the circumstances to see if measures could be taken to prevent future crashes.
  • Does the Oakland Police Department treat fatal bicyclist crashes with the same diligence as fatal motorist crashes? OakDOT should partner with OPD to ensure detailed investigations are completed.

Thanking Commissioner RB

  • Mayor Schaaf shared deep appreciation for RB’s service to the Commission and the Oakland community.
  • Chair Campbell told a story of riding along the East Bay Greenway with RB, and then the East Bay Greenway ended and laid bare the ongoing challenges of biking across Deep East Oakland.
  • Former Chair Midori Tabata shared how glad she was when RB joined the Commission and brought his deep knowledge of the Flatlands to the table.
  • Former Chair Chris Hwang spoke for herself and for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO): “We love you to pieces.” She thanked RB for speaking up for so many Oaklanders who aren’t at the table. “You lead with love; you’re fierce, you’re stubborn, and you get things done.”
  • Former Vice-Chair Robert Prinz expressed his deepest thanks and that it has been a pleasure working with RB on the Commission and the Infrastructure Committee. He thanked RB for his detailed knowledge of Oakland’s streets, making projects better, and for lifting up East Oakland.
  • Former Chair Kenya Wheeler noted the extra effort and care RB put into the 2019 Bike Plan making sure community groups and East Oakland residents were involved in the planning process.
  • Former Chair George Naylor expressed how fortunate he was to serve alongside RB, who put his heart and soul into improving bicycling, especially for Deep East Oakland. He thanked RB for bringing joy to their rides together, like on Bike to Work Days with the Scraper Bike Team. George recounted an anecdote from PedalFest where he saw RB with many youth from the Scraper Bike Team who looked up to him and respected him.
  • Yvonna Cázares, the Mayor’s Policy Director of Community Engagement, recounted how RB was so good at inspiring people: “Thank you for making Oakland so much brighter.”
  • Commissioner Ralston: “We love you man. It has been an honor to work with you. You are a beautiful soul. Keep on riding out there and making it happen.”
  • Vice-Chair Schader: “This won’t be your last meeting. Because if you don’t show up for the January meeting I will come get you.” She told the story of RB coming to her Neighborhood Council meeting and inspiring her to get involved in the BPAC.
  • Commissioner Mangrum: “RB is a tremendous father and family man. He always has time for his family. I love him for that.”
  • OakDOT Director Ryan Russo congratulated RB for his tremendous public service noting that RB “brings leadership, wisdom, and lived experience” to his work and this has inspired OakDOT staff.
  • Commissioner RB: “I’m just a quiet guy, but I guess I make a lot of noise.”

Open Forum / Public Comment

  • Robert Prinz, Co-Chair of Infrastructure Committee and staff with Bike East Bay, spoke about the Fruitvale Ave ATP project that the Commission last reviewed in November 2020. This project originally included a High-Intensity Activated crosswalK signal (HAWK) signal to connect the bikeways on Fruitvale Ave and E 7th St. During the last review that connection was shown with a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB). Now the project design includes neither the HAWK nor the RRFB. This is a challenging connection for bicyclists between the two bikeways. Commissioner Mangrum noted the importance of this connection and the need for improvements.
  • Patrick Traughber noted three issues: (1) that progress is slow on the implementation of protected bike lanes proposed by the 2019 Bike Plan; (2) this past Friday a mother walking with her five-year old child was struck in a crash on Park Blvd at Everett Ave; the recent pedestrian fatality on Park Blvd at E 38th St resulted in a temporary road diet at the crash location; more needs to be done on Park Blvd; and (3) people are frequently parking on the sidewalks in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood, likely due to the narrowness of the streets, but it forces pedestrians into the street.
  • Mariana Parreiras requested that the agenda items be taken in the order of the published agenda.
  • Alex Frank asked about the two recent bicyclist fatalities and how the authorities determine they were solo crashes and that vehicles or road conditions did not contribute to the crashes.
  • George Spies voiced support of Patrick Traughber’s concern regarding the lack of progress in the implementation of protected bike lanes. He noted an increase in driver aggression and a corresponding increase in risk to bicyclists.

Three-month agenda look-ahead

January

  • BPAC officer elections
  • Slow Streets Post-Pandemic
  • San Pablo Corridor Plan (tentative)

February

  • 14th Street Project Update
  • Safe Oakland Streets Initiative Update (tentative)
  • OakDOT Organizational Update (tentative)

March

  • Bike to Work Day Planning
  • Transportation Development Act Article 3 (TDA) Grant Recommended List of Projects (tentative)
  • Annual Major Development Projects (tentative)
  • Meeting with the Mayor (tentative)
  • School Safety Crossing Guards (tentative)

Announcements

  • Traffic Fatalities – 2021 Calendar Year to Date:
    According to the latest OPD Fatality Tracking Data There have been 23 confirmed traffic fatalities in 2021, seven of which involved a pedestrian, two involved a motorcyclist, one involved a scooterist, and one involved a bicyclist. This total does not include the Oct 28th crash at 7th and Madison where the pedestrian is not expected to survive.
    OakDOT is currently working on six Rapid Responses—one for a motorist fatality on Frontage Road, one for a pedestrian fatality on MacArthur Boulevard near Chetwood Street, one for a pedestrian fatality on Park Boulevard near East 38th Street, one for a severe pedestrian injury at the intersection of 10th Street and Harrison Street, one for the pedestrian fatality at the intersection of Bancroft Avenue and 85th Avenue, and one for two severe pedestrian injuries at 23rd Ave and 27th St.
  • OakDOT Major Projects Map Updates:
    OakDOT completed a comprehensive update to the OakDOT Major Projects Map which shares information on current OakDOT major projects across the city. The effort added 42 projects and updated the information on all other projects. You can find the map from the landing page here.
  • Montclair Demand-Responsive Parking Program:
    Staff installed temporary signage to accompany new demand responsive parking rates in Montclair. The Parking & Mobility Management Initiative project will be expanding to more areas, such as Chinatown.
  • Funding Exploration for Universal Basic Mobility Program:
    OakDOT staff are working with MTC, SFMTA, SFCTA, and Cubic to prepare a federal grant application that would provide long-term funding for a Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) program in Oakland and regional transit incentives. This project would build on the Next Generation Clipper’s account-based system by integrating innovative programs like Oakland’s UBM program and parking payment into Clipper cards and by promoting incentive programs that encourage public transit use and reduce auto trips. If funded, this project would present significant opportunities for OakDOT and MTC to pursue future innovative pilots to enhance Oaklanders’ mobility.

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