Supporting the East Bay Greenway: Recent Work by the Bay Area Trails Collaborative

At the May 25, 2023 BPAC meeting, Laura Cohen, Western Region Director for the Rails to Trails Conservancy, presented results of recent work related to the East Bay Greenway: a Multi-jurisdictional Maintenance Strategy Report and a Low-Stress Connectivity Analysis.

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

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2023 Strategic Planning

At the April 20, 2023 BPAC meeting, BPAC Chair Dianne Yee presented the BPAC 2023 Strategic Plan for adoption, which the Commission revised from the 2022 Strategic Plan at the March 30, 2023 Special Meeting. The Commission also continued discussion on the status of Committee meetings—whether the Infrastructure and Legislative Committees will begin to meet in-person.

2023 BPAC Goals

  1. Be strong advocates for bicyclist and pedestrian safety and hold the city accountable.
  2. Be a two-way conduit for information on bicyclist and pedestrian projects.
  3. Encourage equity-driven investments and policies and increase community involvement in high-injury and historically underserved areas. 
  4. Build relationships with policymakers and provide feedback on policies that affect walking and bicycling in Oakland.

The full presentation is below.

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AB 645 Speed Safety System Pilot Program

At the April 20, 2023 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Senior Advisor, Tony Dang presented on AB 645 and requested a motion of support for the bill. An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

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Major Development Projects Update

At the April 20, 2023 BPAC meeting, Christopher Tan, Planner IV in the Bureau of Planning, will present major project highlights for 2023, including the Town Tower, Howard Terminal Waterfront Ballpark District, 98th Ave and San Leandro St Planned Urban Development, Lake Merritt BART Transit-Oriented Development, and West Oakland BART housing development.

The presentation is below.

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BTWD 2023 Planning

At the March 16, 2023 BPAC Meeting, Chris Hwang from Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) shared plans for and ways to get involved in Bike To Work Day 2023, Thursday May 18, 2023. This year’s Oakland BTWD celebrations in Oakland will include programming in partnership with Bike East Bay, The Crucible, and Oakland Central Business Improvement District; and bicycle rides with Councilmembers and Mayor Thao on BTWD and throughout the month of May.

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Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Grant Application

At the March 16, 2023 BPAC Meeting, Julieth Ortiz, Transportation Planner III in OakDOT’s Capital Finance Section, provided an overview of the Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Program, followed by an update of existing TDA-funded projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2023-24. This year’s recommendation is to fund the design of two stairs and paths projects, including the Comstock stairs (#103) and stairs #206 (Trestle Glen). This item needs BPAC review for this TDA cycle. OakDOT is still ensuring that there is staff and contracting capacity to implement the proposed projects before committing to requesting funds this cycle.

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

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2019 and 2022 Paving Plan Update

At the March 16, 2023 BPAC Meeting, Sarah Fine, Paving Program Manager, presented a final update on the 2019 3-Year Paving Plan and provided a status report on the adopted 2022 5-Year Paving Plan (5YP). Additional information about the 2022 5YP, including a map of streets and schedule, can be reviewed here.

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

Progress Report: 5YP Year 1 to Date

  • At just five paved miles completed with less than six months remaining in the fiscal year, OakDOT will not meet its annual mileage goal of 55 miles.
  • Completed design mileage reflects work that is ready for construction. Completed design miles are also not on track for this six-month period, given that the annual target is 55 miles and completed design mileage is just under 30 miles.
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IKE Smart City Kiosk and Coordinated Street Furniture Program

At the February 16, 2023 BPAC Meeting, Michael Randolph, OakDOT Transportation Planner II, and Kerby Olsen, Transportation Planner III, presented exciting news regarding the City’s street furniture. The City’s contract with Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) to maintain and advertise on Oakland bus shelters will end this April. Staff are developing a request for proposals (RFP) for a long-term Coordinated Street Furniture Program to manage bus shelters, benches, trash bins, public toilets, etc.and other street furniture. Staff anticipates that the RFP will be released in Spring. Additionally, Council instructed staff to enter into a franchise agreement with IKE Smart City, a purveyor of digital informational kiosks.

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

What is a Coordinated Street Furniture Program?

  • One unified program to manage several different furniture assets
  • Funded through advertising revenue to maintain, improve and expand street furniture
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Oakland Fire Code Discussion

At the December 15, 2022 BPAC meeting, Commissioner Alex Frank facilitated a discussion on a series of policy recommendations that aim to balance safe street designs with fire safety for Oakland residents. The discussion will include a summary of the City’s Fire Code Appendix D (minimum clear lane requirements), its relationship to roadway design, and bicyclist, pedestrian, and motorist safety.

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Paint the Town update

At the December 15, 2022 BPAC meeting during the announcements section, Noel Pond-Danchik, OakDOT staff, shared an overview and a slideshow of the Paint the Town Program which in 2022 facilitated the painting of nine community-led street murals across Oakland. Mural applicants have included elementary and middle schools, neighborhood groups, community-based organizations, and neighborhood leaders. The program is still taking applications.

View the map of the Paint the Town locations here and see the photos from the slideshow below.

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