27th and Lakeside Streets Project

At the May 19, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Colin Piethe presented on the 27th and Lakeside Streets Project. An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation [PDF], and summary of discussion.

The project includes:

  • Protected bike lanes on 27th Street
  • Buffered bike lanes on Bay Place
  • Two-way cycle track on Grand Avenue from Bay Place to Harrison Street

  • Simplified driving lanes and shorter crossing distances at the intersections of Grand Ave and Bay Place, Grand Ave and Harrison Street, and 27th Street and Harrison Street
  • Planted medians along 27th Street and Bay Place
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Martin Luther King Jr Way Paving Project

At the May 19, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Colin Piethe presented on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr Way Paving Project. An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

“There were 65 collisions on MLK Jr Way from 47th Street to 61st Street from 2015-2020 including one fatality in 2015 at 60th Street.


Relevant Repaving Dates:

  • MLK Jr Way – 2024
  • 55th Street – 2026
  • 52nd Street – 2026
  • Dover Street – 2026
  • Genoa Street – 2026″

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Grand Avenue Complete Streets Paving Project

At the May 19, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planners Charlie Ream and Josie Ahrens presented on the Grand Avenue Complete Streets Paving Project, OakDOT’s next step towards realizing the vision laid out in the Grand Avenue Mobility Plan.

Grand Avenue from Broadway to Elwood Avenue is on the City’s 5-year Paving Plan. Along with this planned repaving, OakDOT is conducting community outreach and design related to safety improvements and mobility enhancements for people walking, biking, and taking the bus on this important connection. This presentation is an opportunity for BPAC commissioners and members of the public to provide input on safety issues they see on Grand, or provide guidance to OakDOT as staff begin to develop project alternatives.

An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

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BPAC 2022 Strategic Plan Update

At the April 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, BPAC Strategic Planning Taskforce member, Commissioner Campbell, presented the draft 2022 BPAC Strategic Plan for adoption.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation and summary of discussion.

Purposes of the Strategic Plan

  • Focus BPAC members to discuss priorities and, hopefully, arrive at consensus
  • Communicate BPAC’s goals to community, council and city staff
  • Guide agenda development
  • Enable advocacy outside of BPAC meetings
  • Familiarize new BPAC members with the commission’s goals

Goals

  • Goal 1: Be strong advocates for bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Goal 2: Be a conduit for information on bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Goal 3: Encourage equity driven investments and policies and advocate for the bicycle and pedestrian community.
  • Goal 4: Build relationships with policymakers and provide feedback on pedestrian and bicycle policy.
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General Plan Update

At the April 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Oakland Planning Department, Laura Kaminski, presented on the upcoming General Plan update. The presentation and summary of discussion are below.

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.

The Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element is currently open for public review from May 12, 2022 to June 13, 2022.

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May 2022 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, May 19, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes
  • Grand Avenue Complete Streets Paving Project
  • 27th and Lakeside Streets Project
  • Martin Luther King Jr Way Paving Project

Announcements:

  • BPAC Agenda Sign-Up List
  • Bicycle Facilities Map Update
  • Bike to Wherever Day (BTWD) 2022 is Friday, May 20th. The roll-out will begin at 3:30pm from the 81st Ave Library and festivities will take place at the Lake Merritt Pergola from 4-7pm.
  • City of Oakland Grant to Organize Festivals Application Available
  • Active Transportation Program Cycle 6 Grant Applications
  • One Bay Area Cycle 3 Grant Applications
  • Oakland 2022 Infrastructure Bond Community Engagement Sessions
  • Paint the Town Murals

More details below.

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AB 2336 & Safe Oakland Streets

At the April 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, Nicole Ferrara presented on AB 2336 and requested 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.

Assembly Bill 2336 (Friedman): Speed Safety System Pilot Program 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 by the Department of Transportation.

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.

The full presentation is below.

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May 2022 Infrastructure Committee Meeting

The BPAC Infrastructure Committee will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, 3:30-5:30pm online and by phone.
Agenda topics include:

  • Parklet Guidelines
  • Utility Projects – Bike/Walk Infrastructure Rehabilitation
  • Neighborhood Bike Route & Paving Plan Coordination
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April 2022 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, April 21, 2022; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist and Pedestrian Related Crashes
  • California State Assembly Bill 2336 (Friedman): Speed Safety Systems Pilot Program
  • OakDOT Budget and Organizational Update
  • General Plan Update

Announcements:

  • BPAC Agenda Sign-Up List
  • Bicycle Facilities Map Update
  • Telegraph Ave Complete Street Project – Construction
  • OakDOT Crossing Guard Recruitment
  • Oakland City Challenge
  • Power the People — East Oakland Mobility Action Plan
  • Paint the Town Murals

More details below.

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