April 2022 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, April 21, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm
Teleconference
View and download the full agenda packet [9mb PDF].

Commissioners

Andrew Campbell, Alexander Frank, Grey Gardner, Michael Lok, Phoenix Mangrum, David Ralston, Patricia Schader (Chair), Nicholas Whipps, Dianne Yee (Vice-Chair)

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

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  • 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 (5 minutes)
6:102Open Forum / Public Comment (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).
6:203Approval of meeting minutes (5 Minutes)
Seek motion to adopt the March 2022 BPAC minutes and March 2022 Special BPAC Meeting minutes.
6:254Renewal 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).
6:305Recent Bicyclist- and Pedestrian-Related Crashes (5 minutes)
Chair Schader will lead the commission in a discussion of recent fatal and other high-profile traffic crashes in Oakland involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
• Around 12:43 am on Sunday, March 19, 2022, a 55-year-old, Black, male Richmond resident was crossing International Blvd at 89th Ave on foot when he was struck and severely injured by a vehicle driver. The driver continued traveling westbound on International Blvd with the pedestrian on the front hood of the vehicle. The pedestrian fell off the vehicle in the 8600 block of International Blvd. The vehicle driver fled the scene.
• Around 6:34 am on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, a 57-year-old, white, male Hayward resident and a 58-year-old, Black, female Oakland resident were struck and injured by a vehicle driver while crossing the street at the intersection of High St and Wattling St.
• Around 4:10 pm on Thursday, April 7, 2022, a 38-year-old, male Oakland resident was severely injured while bicycling eastbound on E 15th St in the 8th Ave intersection. The bicyclist was struck by a vehicle driver who ran the red light and fled the scene.
6:356California State Assembly Bill 2336 (Friedman): Speed Safety Systems Pilot Program (10 minutes)
OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, Nicole Ferrara will present on AB 2336 and request a motion of support for the bill. Every week, two Oaklanders are killed or fatally injured by traffic violence. These crashes disproportionally impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
The Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative aims to prevent severe and fatal traffic crashes, eliminate injury inequities, and carefully assess and mitigate any equity impacts resulting from safety measures. SOS found that, in addition to engineering, automated speed enforcement is highly effective at preventing traffic deaths, while also advancing Reimagining Public Safety Task Force goals of moving most traffic enforcement from the Oakland Police Department to the Department of Transportation.
Assembly Bill 2336 is a proposed state law that would allow Oakland and 5 other cities to administer these speed safety systems as a pilot program. Oakland would be permitted a total 18 safety systems administered the Department of Transportation. Equity provisions include small fines ($50 for 11-15 mph over the speed limit, v. hundreds for traditional speeding tickets), removing interactions between police and the community at traffic stops that have the potential to escalate, a 50-80% fine reduction if unable to pay, opportunities for community service in lieu of fines, and extensive community involvement in drafting a Use Policy & Equity Analysis that includes locations selected. The goal of the bill is to make our streets safer; if speeding is not decreased by at least 25% after 18 months, additional traffic calming measures are required, and if there is any revenue generated it must be spent on traffic calming.
6:457OakDOT Budget and Organizational Update (25 minutes)
OakDOT Director, Ryan Russo, and OakDOT Assistant Director, Ariel Espiritu Santo, will provide an overview of the current organization including updates to department leadership, the vacancy rate and department work. They will also provide an update on the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 mid-cycle budget adjustment process that is underway.
7:108General Plan Update (20 minutes)
The City of Oakland is undertaking a comprehensive General Plan Update process in two phases. Phase I includes the update of the Housing and Safety Elements of the General Plan; creation of the City’s first Environmental Justice Element; associated amendments to other Elements of the General Plan, along with Zoning Code and map updates; Racial Equity Impact Analysis, and an Industrial Land Use Study. Phase I is anticipated to be completed by early 2023.
Phase II includes the update of the Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE); Open Space, Conservation, and Recreation Element (OSCAR); Noise Element; and the development of a new Infrastructure and Facilities Element. Phase II work also includes zoning updates and CEQA review. The Phase I process will help inform the components of Phase II. Phase II is anticipated to be completed by mid-2025.
7:309BPAC Strategic Plan Update (10 minutes)
BPAC Strategic Planning Taskforce member, Commissioner Campbell, will present the draft 2022 BPAC Strategic Plan for adoption.
7:4010Committee Report-Back (below) (10 minutes)
Committees of the BPAC will provide brief updates to the Commission. A list of active committees is included in the agenda packet and on the BPAC webpage.
7:5011Three-month agenda look-ahead (below), suggestions for meeting topics, announcements (below) (10 minutes)

Committee Updates

Legislative Committee

On April 7, 2022, Commissioner Gardner attended a meeting of the Oakland Privacy Commission, which discussed the pending state legislation (AB 2336) to create a pilot program to allow for the use of automated speed enforcement by Oakland and other participating cities. The Privacy Commission heard a presentation from Jay Beeber, a representative of the Los Angeles based organization, Safer Streets L.A., which expressed opposition to AB 2336. Nicole Ferrara, OakDOT’s Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor explained the need for the pilot project, and numerous members of the public spoke in support of AB 2336 during discussion about the agenda item.

No action was taken by commissioners during the April 7th meeting, but staff for the City Administrator’s office indicated that the Privacy Commission will hold a further discussion of the legislation at its next meeting on May 5th. The legislation was voted out favorably by the State Assembly Transportation Committee and is pending before the Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, with a hearing scheduled for April 19, 2022.

Three-month agenda look-ahead

May

  • Bike to Wherever Day Report-Back, Chris Hwang
  • Safe Oakland Streets Initiative Update including Assembly Bill 43 Implementation, Megan Wier
  • 27th Street and Lakeside Family Streets Project, Colin Piethe (tentative)
  • Martin Luther King Jr Way Paving Project, Colin Piethe (tentative)

June

  • One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Application, Julieth Ortiz (tentative)
  • Grand Ave Mobility Plan (tentative)
  • School Safety Crossing Guards (tentative))

July

  • BPAC 2023 New Commissioner Outreach
  • Mayor & Transportation Advisor to the Mayor (tentative)
  • Commission on Aging (tentative)
  • Annual Paving Update (tentative)
  • Annual Strategic Planning Projects Update (tentative)

Announcements

  • BPAC Agenda Sign-Up List:
    Sign up to receive these BPAC agendas by email.
  • Bicycle Facilities Map Update:
    OakDOT’s bicycle facilities webmap (bikeway network, signage, parking and projects, has been updated through the end of 2021.
  • BPAC 2021 Annual Report to Public Works Committee:
    The 2021 BPAC Annual Report is scheduled to be heard at the April 26, 2022, 10:30 am Public Works Committee meeting.
  • Paint the Town Murals:
    The Paint the Town Program recently facilitated one mural painting event and has one more planned for this month. To explore the locations of Paint the Town street murals please view our map.
    • On Sunday, March 20th, Oakland Trybe, the District 2 Council Office, and Franklin Elementary School collaborated to create a street mural on 9th Ave between E 15th St and Foothill Blvd next to Franklin Elementary School. OakDOT staff facilitated the mural event in coordination with partner organizations EastSide Arts Alliance and Safe Passages.
    • Neighbors have organized to paint a mural on Friday, April 22nd on Ney Ave between Parker Ave and Ritchie St next to Parker Elementary. You are invited to join and paint.
  • Power the People (EOSTEP):
    The East Oakland Collective-led planning effort asked the public about how they want to access the MLK Shoreline at Akoma Market on March 27, 2022 from 10 am-3 pm. For more information about the project please visit the website. This event also served as a community release for the East Oakland Mobility Action Plan.
  • Active Transportation Program (ATP) Telegraph Project:
    The ATP Telegraph Ave Complete Street Project kicked off construction on Telegraph Avenue in March 2022. The contractor is progressing with construction in segments along the corridor to minimize disruptions to the businesses and access with the goal of completing segments to be re-opened for use while continuing to the next area. Construction has started on the west side of Telegraph Avenue between 29th Street and 24th Street in the southbound direction with the contractor working on one side of the road before continuing towards Grand Avenue. The current project estimate for completion is February 2023.
  • OakDOT Crossing Guard Recruitment:
    The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) continues to focus on filling crossing guard position vacancies. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to be a crossing guard, please email oakdothumanresources@oaklandca.gov.
  • Oakland City Challenge:
    The City has launched an exciting initiative in partnership with Mills College, Northeastern University’s Government Lab, and the Oakland Fund for Public Innovation: the City Challenge Oakland. At its heart, this project is about having Oaklanders from all over the city contribute innovative ideas on how to address some of our most pressing challenges. Starting this week and running through May 6, we have launched the City Challenge website where any Oaklander can share solutions to address problems of illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, homelessness, and violent crime. We know that these are enormous challenges that cannot be solved in a short time but we also understand that in order to better address these challenges, we must amplify the voices of the people who are closest to the issues and are willing to contribute their insight and ideas. We hope this will lead to new policies and services that make a measurable difference at the grassroots level of our communities.

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