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.

The presentation is below.

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Leading Pedestrian Interval Downtown Project

At the December 2, 2021 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Dean Hsiao gave a presentation [PDF] on the Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) project in Downtown Oakland. The red dots on map are traffic signals that are going to updated with LPI, and green dots are ones that can not be updated due to older technology. Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

  • “Leading pedestrian interval” (LPI) — a walk light is provided a few seconds in advance of the green light for cars
    • Studies show it can reduce car/pedestrian collisions up to 60%.
  • 85 signals in the Downtown area being updated.
    • 36 signals completed (northern half of Downtown)
    • 49 remaining, to start in December (southern half of Downtown)
  • Other locations in Downtown need to have signal controller tech updates to allow for retiming, or to add pedestrian walk signal heads.
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Oakland-Alameda Access Project

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, Rodney Pimentel will present on the Oakland-Alameda Access Project which has been planned for over 30 years and has suffered several failed attempts to reached consensus on a build alternative. Recent progress by the Alameda CTC and Caltrans has led to the circulation of a Draft EIR/EA. Pending selection of a preferred alternative, the project should be in construction by 2023.

Public comments on the Draft Environmental Document are open until November 30, 2020.

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Safe Routes to BART

At the July 16, 2020 BPAC meeting, Craig Raphael, Senior Transportation Planner in the Capital Finance Section, requested letters of support for two grant applications that are being prepared for the Safe Routes to BART Grant Program: the 19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway ATP project and the E 12th Street Bikeway project.

19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway ATP project

This project proposes upgrading the existing bike lanes on 20th Street (Thomas L. Berkley Way) from Broadway to Harrison Street—Lake Merritt. The upgrades include separating the bike lanes with barriers and adding dashed markings in the intersections.

On the north side of 20th Street at 19th Street BART station between Broadway and Franklin Street, the bike lane would be raised at sidewalk level (aka a cycle track) and painted green. At that section, there is no car parking except an accessible loading zone, which includes a curb ramp at the middle of the block. The bike lane would have dashed green “conflict zone” markings there, as well as at driveways.

E 12th Street Bikeway project

This project proposes a bikeway on E 12th Street from 35th Avenue at Fruitvale BART station to 54th Avenue. The bikeway includes different bikeway designs depending on the street context. The concept plans are below.

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