Flex Streets Update

At the September 16, 2021 BPAC meeting, Greg Minor, Assistant to the City Administrator in the Economic & Workforce Development Department, provided an update on the city’s Flex Streets program, Oakland’s program for outdoor merchant activity including café seating, parklets and street closures. This presentation also provides details about the scope of the program evaluation currently underway, including administrative review, fiscal analysis, and design standards.

OakDOT staff is seeking to finalize recommendations for City Council by March 2022. The public is encouraged to submit comments in the next couple of months.

The previous presentation at BPAC was at the July 16, 2020 meeting.

Meeting minutes will be added after approval.

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September 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, September 19, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Library Bike Programming
  • Update on Flex Streets
  • Committee Report-Back


  • Leading Pedestrian Interval Downtown Project
  • Paint the Town Program Relaunch
  • Sideshow Prevention Pilot
  • 8th Street West Oakland Traffic Calming Project

More details below.

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E-Scooter Locking Policy Change Proposal

At the August 19, 2021 BPAC meeting, Kerby Olsen, OakDOT New Mobility Supervisor, led a discussion of proposed changes to E-scooter parking rules. Representatives from shared E-scooter operators in Oakland were also in attendance.

Amy Falkenstein, Operations Manager at Lime, gave a presentation on the E-scooter locking policy change proposal. The full presentation is below.

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I-980 Redevelopment Project

At the August 19, 2021 BPAC meeting, Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations, gave a presentation on the potential redevelopment project to remove/cap Interstate-980. The Mayor’s Office has completed a partnership study with the Urban Leaders Fellowship program to develop an equitable engagement strategy. The Mayor’s Office and the Oakland DOT plan to meet with Caltrans District 4 project managers to identify ways to align with the State DOT’s ‘Vision 980’ project which will develop right of way concepts and alternatives for Interstate-980. Lastly, Warren shared details about the Mayor’s Office’s State and Federal advocacy for programming grant funds for the I-980 redevelopment and affordable housing.

Project background

Related: “A freeway separates West Oakland from downtown. Biden’s infrastructure bill could help get rid of it.” Mercury News, 11 May 2021. Lead photo by Jane Tyska.

The presentation is below.

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