Safe Oakland Streets: CA Assembly Bills 43 and 550

At the May 20, 2021 BPAC meeting, Nicole Ferrara, OakDOT’s Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, presented on and shared ways the BPAC can support two bills aimed at reducing dangerous speeding on California roadways that the State Legislature is considering: Assembly Bill AB 43 (Friedman): Speed Limit Setting, and AB 550 (Chiu): Speed Safety Systems. Both bills would implement Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) strategies, and the bills have been supported by City Council and the Mayor.

Safe Oakland Streets: Goals

  1. Prevent severe and fatal crashes and related disparities impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income populations
  2. Eliminate severe and fatal injury inequities including racial disparities impacting BIPOC communities that exist today in Oakland
  3. Inform effective and equitable safety strategies that prevent injury and injury inequities, and do not have adverse equity impacts on BIPOC communities, seniors, and low-income populations

Current status of state legislation

  • AB 43 passed out of the Assembly and heads to the Senate.
  • AB 550 was held in Assembly Appropriations today (May 20, 2021) and won’t advance this year.
  • BPAC can submit a letter of support for AB 43

The full presentation is below.

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E-Scooter Program Update

At the May 20, 2021 BPAC meeting, Kerby Olsen, New Mobility Supervisor, gave a quick update on the E-scooter program and introduced two of the three new permitted operators: SPIN, VeoRide and LINK. Seymond Sumulong, Construction Inspector, gave an update on E-scooter parking enforcement and the effectiveness of the locking requirement.

Scooters with locking devices

Starting November 2020, shared e-scooters were required to lock to a bike rack, in-street corral or City street signs when not in use.

  • Before the locking devices were required, there were an average of 37 issues that were reported in OAK311 per month and an average 8 per month resulted to fines.
  • After the locking devices were required, there were an average of 32 issues that were reported in OAK311 per month and an average 0 per month resulted to fines.
    • Issues reported were down by 15%

The full presentation is below.

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May 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist- and Pedestrian-Related Crashes
    • On Sunday, 4/25/21 at 11:40 am, a 95-year old Asian male pedestrian was severely injured by a driver at Jackson St and 10th St while crossing the street in the crosswalk.
    • On Sunday 5/9/2021 at 5:14 pm, a 41-year-old Black male pedestrian was fatally struck by a driver at Park Blvd and Greenwood Ave while on the sidewalk.
  • CA Assembly Bills 43 and 550
  • Moving Forward with the BPAC Police Relations Committee
  • E-Scooter Update
  • Committee Report Back

Announcements:

  • Bay Bridge Shared Use Path petition
  • Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan survey
  • Bike to Wherever Day 2021 is on May 21st
  • Annual Traffic Counts Program Update with data from 2020

More details below.

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BPAC Bike Rides with OPD

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, members of the BPAC Police Relations Committee led a discussion to propose community rides and walks with the Oakland Police Department.

Overview

The BPAC Police Relations Committee is proposing that BPAC implement community rides with members of the bicycling community and the Oakland Police Department (OPD).

  • We want to bring down barriers to understanding that keep us from participating as bicyclists and pedestrians free of intimidation and fear.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians face day to day safety issues, especially from vehicles.
  • Address the dynamic of different perspectives, especially with regards to safety.
  • Address the implicit bias bicyclists and pedestrians of color face from the OPD.

Planning Our First Ride

  • We want to roll-out our first community ride with OPD during the Bike to Wherever Day Pedal Pools on May 21st.
  • The community rides will be coordinated with the full BPAC, the BPAC Police Relations Committee, OakDOT, OPD and the public. Members and staff of the Oakland City Council could also be included.
  • BPAC would use the BPAC Blog to advertise events to the public and local community organizations and their networks.
  • Other details would need to be developed, including ride leaders, routes, duration and protocols.

Next Steps

  • Proposal submitted to the full BPAC for consideration at the April BPAC meeting. We respectfully request a Motion to Approve the proposal and BPAC support.
  • The BPAC Police Relations Committee would meet and coordinate with OPD management during April/May as well as coordinate with BPAC leadership and local community organizations.
  • Report back at the May BPAC and invite OPD representatives to attend
  • Expanding group rides to include group walks.
  • While ambitious, again, it is hoped that the first community rides with the OPD happen on Bike to Wherever Day on May 21st.

The full presentation is below.

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Bike to W(herever) Day Planning

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Chris Hwang, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) Board President, presented on Bike to W(herever) Day and ways to get involved. WOBO will produce a Bike To Wherever Day program at Lake Merritt on the afternoon of Friday, May 21, a national day for celebrating the bicycling commute. The 14-year old nonprofit is proud to produce a self-guided ride around the beautiful lake from 3pm to 6pm. They invite partners who are able to and interested in sharing resources that help Oaklanders experience the city by bicycle to email WOBO if they’d like to participate in programming the area along the walkway between the pergola and El Embarcadero Way, or to sponsor the event. Please stay tuned for additional details, and follow @walkoakbikeoak on social media for announcements and how to get involved.

Bike To W(herever) Day 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Lake Merritt Pergola 3pm – 6pm

  • Bike Bags
  • Bicycling / Micromobility Orgs
  • City & Community Resources
  • Climate Action Partners

Volunteer

  • Commissioner Rides with Councilmembers, Mayor, Elected Officials
  • Bike Bag and Bikeway Maps distribution
  • Put up signs on popular bicycling routes
  • Media – Digital Storytelling
  • Tell your friends and neighbor to join you!

The full presentation is below.

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Transportation Demand Article (TDA) 3 Projects Grant Applications

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz, OakDOT Transportation Planner, presented an overview of existing Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2021-22. This year’s recommendation is to use funding for existing programs/projects, including the bicycle parking program, the stairs and path program, and Foothill pedestrian safety improvements. Input from the Commission regarding priorities is welcome.

Overview

  • Construction/engineering of a bicycle or pedestrian capital project
  • Maintenance of a multi-purpose path
  • Bicycle safety education program
  • Development of a comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans
  • Re-striping Class II bicycle lanes
  • Pedestrian safety education

FY 2021-22 TDA 3 Proposal

  • E 20th St Stairpath Rehabilitation
  • Burr, Wilson, and Palmer Stair/path Rehab
  • CityRacks Bicycle Parking Program
  • Foothill Blvd Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The full presentation is below.

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Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant Projects

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz and Yvonne Chan, OaktDOT Transportation Planners, provided an update of existing AHSC projects and an overview of the proposed projects OakDOT is currently considering for Cycle 6. The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) is administered by the Strategic Growth Council and implemented by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. AHSC is one of the CA Climate Investments programs whose goal is to integrate affordable homes and sustainable transportation.

Overview

AHSC is a State “Climate Investment” Program to fund affordable housing + sustainable transportation to direct investment towards the most disadvantaged communities in the state and maximize economic, environmental, and public health benefits.

Active AHSC Projects

1173 units — $11 M
Benefits include:

  • bike education
  • transit passes
  • workforce development

Proposed projects for Cycle 6 AHSC

Longfellow (RCD)

  • 77 units
  • 100% affordable
  • $12M AHD
  • $7M STI
  • $1M TRA
  • ($1M OakDOT)

Lake Merritt Senior Housing (EBALDC)

  • 97 units
  • 100% affordable
  • $20M AHD
  • $7.3M STI
  • $1.5M TRA
  • ($1.3M OakDOT)

The full presentation is below.

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April 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, April 15, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist- and Pedestrian-Related Crashes
  • Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant New Projects and Update on Previous Projects
  • Transportation Demand Article (TDA) Projects Grant Applications and Previous Awardees Update
  • Bike to W(herever) Day Planning
  • Committee Report Back

Announcements:

  • Please provide feedback on the Foothill Pedestrian Improvement Project by April 20th.
  • The Crucible Job Opportunity
  • OakDOT Design Details for Transportation Facilities
  • Bikeways Timelapse Map
  • Flex Streets Map

More details below.

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14th Ave Streetscape Project – Phase 2

At the April 1st, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Charlie Ream gave a presentation on the 14th Avenue Streetscape Project. Charlie previously presented the project at the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting.

About the project

14th Avenue is a major east-west corridor that connects International Boulevard with Highland Hospital and points north of I-580. 14th Avenue is currently a relatively high-speed, 4-lane divided roadway that is a barrier for people walking between residential neighborhoods to the north and south. 14th Ave is also an important, (relatively flat) connection for people biking and is a critical gap in the network between the Foothill Blvd and MacArthur Blvd bike lanes.

The City recently completed Phase 1 of this Project, which upgraded sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and landscaping between International Blvd. and E 19th Street.

The next phase of The 14th Avenue Streetscape project will deliver an important bicycle connection on 14th Avenue from Foothill to 27th Street/Highland Hospital. This project will form the foundation for a complete network connection north to MacArthur Blvd. This project will also make pedestrian crossing improvements and striping upgrades between E8th Street and International Blvd.

Project Schedule

  • Fall 2020 – Public noticing, outreach, and online survey
  • Summer 2021 – Complete design of roadway
  • Fall 2021 – Advertise project for construction
  • Mid-2021 – Begin construction (18 month duration)

The presentation [PDF] and notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

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High Street Paving Project

At the April 1st, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Charlie Ream and Colin Piethe gave a presentation on the High Street Paving Project.

High Street is an important east-west corridor that connects the Laurel District, Maxwell Park and Allendale to International and Foothill Boulevards.

Project Goals

  • Slow vehicle speeds and curb unsafe driving
  • Reduce vehicle collisions
  • Improve safety and comfort for people walking, especially crossing at major intersections
  • Increase the visibility of people walking and biking
  • Investigate providing a bicycle lane for people biking on High Street

Project Schedule

  • Feb/March/April 2021 – Public Outreach
    • Online Presentation and Online Survey to get neighborhood feedback
    • Presentations to stakeholder groups (email OakDOT staff if you’d like to set up a small-group video chat)
    • Postcard mailer to the High Street community
    • Social media/online outreach
  • Spring 2021 – Select final design for street and post online/email to survey respondents
  • Summer 2021 – Roadway design
  • Late 2021/early 2022 – Roadway repaving

The presentation and notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

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