Rapid Response Program update

At the January 27, 2022 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Joe Wang, Megan Weir, Brian Sukkar, and Mandana Ashti gave an update on the Rapid Response program. The presentation [PDF] is below, followed by notes.


A Rapid Response may be activated for traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian or bicyclist fatalities, or severe injuries to pedestrians or bicyclists who are youth or seniors. A Rapid Response may be activated for additional crashes based on the individual circumstances of a crash.


Engineering staff will conduct site visits and review already available data, plans, and policies to make recommendations in one or more of the following four categories:

  1. Maintenance Treatment
  2. Quick-Build Improvement
  3. Current Capital Project to coordinate with
  4. New Capital Improvement


Presentation notes

  • Proactive work responding to about 800 requests per year from the public for safety upgrades. Staff uses equity screen data to score requests and determine which receive responses.
  • Also reactive opportunity to respond to safety issues at locations of fatal or high injury crash locations. This resulted in initiation of the rapid response program.
  • Rapid Response program is activated via investigation after every fatal or bicyclist or pedestrian crash, fatalities or high injury crashes involving seniors or children, or other crashes as appropriate.
  • Follow-up categories include:
    • Maintenance
    • Quick-build treatments
    • Integration into current, large capital project, or
    • Creation of a new, large capital project
  • Example projects:
    • 98th Ave and Cherry
      • Paint & post crosswalk median created as rapid response, concrete median crosswalk refuge installed with flashing beacons as follow-up
    • E 27th St and 23rd Ave
      • Rapid response centerline posts & curbs added, and LPI walk signal phases. Shifted centerline to accommodate AC Transit buses
      • Under construction now, to be completed within a week
    • E 12th St and 2nd Ave
      • Centerline posts & curbs added, and leading pedestrian interval (LPI) signal phases
    • Existing capital project with Rapid Response collaboration: Bancroft Ave and 85th Ave
      • Paving project was already scheduled for October
      • Included restriping of crosswalk and buffered bike lane 
    • Existing capital project with Rapid Response collaboration: 10th St and Harrison
      • Existing project is adding sidewalk extensions at corners.
      • Rapid Response will add center island and “do not enter” signs
    • Existing capital project with Rapid Response collaboration: Park Blvd and E 38th St
      • Existing project will narrow and simplify intersections
      • Rapid Response added temporary flexposts to reduce traffic lanes from two to one through the intersection
    • New capital project from Rapid Response collaboration: Foothill Blvd and 22nd Ave
      • The project was first a quick-build project added centerline posts and curbs to slow turn movements
      • Longer term project was identified to upgrade traffic signals with protected left turns and leading pedestrian interval signal phases


  • Are quick-build projects ever found to be sufficient, with no further concrete or other upgrades? Such as first installation at Harrison/23rd St.
    • For paving project opportunities or other capital projects where rapid responses were installed, staff look for ways to make them more permanent.
    • Some locations require less maintenance than others, paint/posts have held up.
  • On what timeline is it appropriate to integrate a Rapid Response into a capital project? One year, something else?
    • No defined timeline determined yet, but it’s on a case-by-case basis
  • Some Rapid Response locations that were folded into other capital programs (TDA3 project at 7th/Harrison, paving project on 69th Ave) ended up being abandoned or not delivering on bike/walk safety upgrades. What happens to the Rapid Response initiative at that point?
    • Those locations were managed by other staff previous to the current Rapid Response Program formation.
      • Commenter suggested that current program then also look back to overlooked opportunities in preceding years, to ensure some follow-up.
  • How is the success of a rapid response installation measured? 98th/Cherry location is still seeing crashes even after the concrete island is installed.
    • Separate OakDOT department is looking at safety improvements along 98th Ave more comprehensively.
  • Could 98th Ave project be added as a future infrastructure committee meeting agenda request?
    • Yes, it will be added to the list. Great Streets Division Manager Ami Salwan is the follow-up contact.

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