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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West Oakland Link & Bay Skyway: Update

At the December 15, 2022 BPAC meeting, Gavin Lohry, Project Manager for the Bay Area Toll Authority of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, will provide an overview of the Bay Skyway and the current projects that are under development and will provide an active transportation connection between San Francisco, Treasure Island, and the East Bay.

A more in-depth update will be provided on West Oakland Link section of the Bay Skyway which will provide a safe connection for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between West Oakland, the Port of Oakland, and the Bay Bridge Trail. The West Oakland Link is currently finishing environmental review and plans on beginning detailed design (PS&E) in early 2023.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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Grand Avenue Complete Streets Project – Draft 15% Plans

At the November 3, 2022 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Celina Chan and Charlie Ream of OakDOT presented the draft 15% design plans [PDF] of the Grand Avenue Complete Streets Project.

The survey is currently available in multiple languages. Postcards will also be sent to addresses on the corridor through December.

Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

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Power the People Project – Update

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, Danielle Dynes and Citlalli Herrera, Community Planning Organizers at the East Oakland Collective (EOC), shared the Power the People: MLK Jr. Shoreline Access Study one-year recap since their last presentation in October 2021. This project aims to explore feasible clean mobility options that can connect East Oakland residents to the MLK Jr. Shoreline.

View the project StoryMap here.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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School Safety: School Crossing Guard Program, School Safety Patrol, and Traffic Safety Design Elements

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Assistant Engineer II Lucas Woodward provided an update on how the Safe Streets Traffic Engineering Team works to address school traffic safety in Oakland. This includes a discussion of 311 requests, citywide programs, and capital projects.

OakDOT School Traffic Safety Supervisor Paul Cirolia then provided an overview of the School Crossing Guard and Safety Patrol programs, which moved to OakDOT’s Safe Streets Division from OPD as part of the Reimagining Public Safety efforts in 2021.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentations.

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Reduced Speed Limits in Business Activity Districts

At the November 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Assistant Director, Megan Wier, provided an overview of OakDOT’s citywide analysis to identify eligible Business Activity Districts, OakDOT’s prioritization approach, and timeline for implementation.

Slowing Speeds in Business Activity Districts: Assembly Bill 43, Friedman: Traffic Safety (AB 43) was signed into law in late 2021 by California’s Governor. Under AB 43, local governments may, by ordinance, set a prima facie speed limit of 20 mph or 25 mph on streets contiguous to a “business activity district” (a new designation authorized by AB 43).

The ordinance amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 10.20 (Speed Limits) to establish 20 mile per hour (MPH) and 25 MPH speed limits in Business Activity Districts informed by this analysis was approved by City Council on November 1, 2022 and is scheduled for final passage at City Council on December 6, 2022.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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Transforming Oakland’s Waterfront Neighborhoods (TOWN) Project

At the October 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Senior Transportation Planner, Audrey Harris, provided an overview of the TOWN projects, a suite of infrastructure improvements that will provide safer, more sustainable and more equitable access between Downtown, Chinatown, and West Oakland and the waterfront while protecting and enhancing goods movement in and out of the nearby Port of Oakland. The TOWN projects have also been designed to facilitate access to and from the proposed Waterfront Ballpark District at Howard Terminal which if approved, would deliver an urban infill project that proposes to build a new ballpark, up to 3,000 new housing units, 1.7 million square feet of commercial space, a 400-room hotel, a 3,500-seat performance venue, and 18 acres of open space, including an extension to the Bay Trail.

An excerpt is below, followed by the full presentation.

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OakDOT Rapid Responses to Fatal Crashes

At the October 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT’s Safe Streets Division Manager Megan Wier, Supervising Transportation Engineer Joe Wang, and Transportation Engineers Mandana Ashti and Brian Sukkar provided an overview of OakDOT’s Rapid Response to fatal traffic crashes.

Oakland Police Department’s Lieutenant Fleming and Sergeant Bellusa also shared information regarding OPD’s crash investigations, which inform OakDOT rapid responses.

OakDOT staff also shared two case studies of rapid responses to recent crashes involving people walking and biking.

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

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