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.

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2022 Bike to W(herever) Day Planning

At the March 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, Chris Hwang, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) Board President, presented on the May 20th, 2022 Bike to Wherever Day and ways to get involved. WOBO invited partners who can and are interested in sharing resources that help Oaklanders experience the city by bicycle to email info@wobo.org if they’d like to participate in programming or to sponsor the event. Please stay tuned for additional details, go to bayareabiketowork.com and follow @walkoakbikeoak on social media for announcements and how to get involved.

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Parking Enforcement Update & Proposal to Add Parking Meters to Commercial Loading Zones

At the March 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, Michael Ford (Manager of OakDOT’s Parking & Mobility Division), Quinn Wallace (Transportation Planner), Kerby Olsen (New Mobility Supervisor), and Ira Christian (Parking Enforcement Supervisor) provided an update on parking enforcement activities and policies at OakDOT in relation to bicycling and walking in the city. OakDOT New Mobility Supervisor Kerby Olsen sought support from the commission to add parking meters to commercial loading zones with the goal of reducing instances of commercial delivery drivers parking illegally in bike lanes and bus stops by making yellow loading zones more available to delivery drivers.

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

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San Pablo Ave Corridor Plan

At the March 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC or Alameda CTC) planner Colin Dentel-Post presented on the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project. The project has completed a long-term visioning phase and has now embarked on a near-term implementation phase aiming to improve safety, transit efficiency, and placemaking along the corridor within 3-5 years.

The proposed project concept in Oakland, Emeryville, and South Berkeley includes pedestrian safety enhancements, conversion of one traffic lane in each direction to a dedicated bus lane, and conversion of each curbside parking lane to a protected bike lane. The project concept will go to the Oakland Public Works Committee and City Council later this spring for action.

  • Bike lanes: 16th Street to Heinz Ave
  • Bus lanes: 20th Street to Ashby Ave

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

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Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Grant Applications

At the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Julieth Ortiz presented an overview of existing Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2022-23. This year’s recommendation is to use funding for existing programs/projects, including the bicycle parking program, bike signage, and the stairs and path program. OakDOT is seeking BPAC approval for this TDA cycle. Allocations for this fiscal year have not been received yet.

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Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 Grant Applications

At the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Julieth Ortiz presented on the proposed transportation projects for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 and provide an update on the status of projects from previous ATP awards. ATP is a biannual competitive funding opportunity for projects that encourage increased bicycling and walking. The ATP is a state-administered program that distributes both state and federal funds. Applications for this year are due in June.

The projects currently under consideration are:

  1. Bancroft Ave Greenway, Design (previously submitted, ATP Cycle 5)
  2. 73rd Ave – Active Connections to Transit, Construction
  3. Coliseum Bay Trail Connector (66th Ave), Design & Construction (previously submitted, ATP Cycle 4)
  4. LAMMPS Phase 2, Design & Construction
  5. 27th Street Complete Streets, Construction
  6. Market Street Pedestrian Improvements

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14th Street Safety Project

At the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Charlie Ream presented on the 14th Street Safety Project. The project is proceeding toward 100% design in early 2022, with construction potentially beginning in early 2023. This roadway safety project will install protected bike lanes on 14th Street from Brush Street to Oak Street, take 14th Street from 4 to 2 vehicle lanes, shorten pedestrian crossings, and install new landscaping and sidewalk lighting. OakDOT is scheduled to bring the project to the Public Works Committee on 3/22/22 (date tentative).

The 65% design plans were previously reviewed and discussed at the Jan. 27, 2022 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting.

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Slow Streets–Essential Places Program Update

At the January 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, Megan Wier and Jason Patton, OakDOT staff in the Safe Streets Division, will present on upcoming changes to the Slow Streets–Essential Places Program in response to the ongoing and changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include removing the temporary Slow Streets and Essential Places materials, including temporary street closures, and shifting efforts to longer term strategies for pedestrian safety and neighborhood traffic calming. The presentation is below.

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Oakland Waterfront Trail

At the December 16, 2021 BPAC meeting, Kristin Hathaway, Watershed and Stormwater Division and Measure DD Program Manager, will present on the status of the Oakland Waterfront Trail.

As part of the $198,250,000 Measure DD Bond, a General Obligation bond approved by Oakland voters in 2002, $43,500,000 of the Estuary Waterfront Access category is designated for waterfront trail and parks acquisition and construction. Through this category of funding, Oakland is completing local segments of the regional San Francisco Bay Trail, a 500-mile walking and cycling path around the San Francisco Bay that passes through 47 cities and all nine Bay Area counties. The City has completed several segments and is in various stages of design on the remaining segments that still need to be constructed to close the Bay Trail gaps in Oakland.

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