June 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, June 17, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Bike to Wherever Day Report-Back
  • Annual Report from Strategic Planning
  • Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project, 20th Street to 29th Street
  • Oakland RAISE – I-880 Freeway Green Infrastructure Retrofit and Active Transit Corridor Planning
  • Committee Report-Back

Announcements:

  • Neighborhood Bike Route Implementation Guide:
    A guide outlining how OakDOT will implement bike plan recommendations for “neighborhood bike routes” (also known as “bicycle boulevards”) has been published online here [PDF]. The guide was completed by the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program with input from the Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission’s Infrastructure Committee and other OakDOT sections including Traffic Engineering, Paving and Sidewalks, and Planning and Project Development. The Guide describes implementation in the following five subject areas: Scoping & Monitoring, Route Establishment, Traffic Calming, Traffic Control, and Public Notification & Comment.

More details below.

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ACTC Rapid Response Projects follow-up discussion

At the June 3rd, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, OakDOT staff Jason Patton and Jason Cook gave a presentation on the ACTC Rapid Response Projects and led a discussion to follow up on these projects.

Grant info

$75k Grant with $75k Local Match ($150,000 total) for quick-build transportation improvement projects that support improvements to the Rapid Response locations, Essential Places Locations, and a curbside buffered bike lane upgrade. Deadline for completion is June 30, 2021.

More info: Alameda County Transportation Commission – COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program

Discussion questions

  1. Hardened centerlines are a new design treatment in the toolkit. Where will this treatment be most beneficial? How should the many possible locations be prioritized?
  2. What are lessons learned from the vertical separation installed along the bike lanes on Embarcadero?
  3. Plastic is not a great building material. Under what circumstances should it be used?
  4. Quick-Build” and “Community Engagement” may be incompatible goals. Under what circumstances does one take priority over the other?

The presentation and discussion notes are below.

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2021 Citywide Striping Project

In early May, OakDOT staff Jason Cook shared the 2021 Citywide Striping Project draft plans with the BPAC Infrastructure Committee. These plans were shared through email and not presented at an Infrastructure Committee meeting.

“The 2021 Citywide Striping Project consists of a series of enhancements and green markings to existing bike lanes throughout Oakland. We had funding become available that needs to be encumbered before the end of the fiscal year and saw this as an opportunity to put together a striping project.” –Jason Cook

“These are relatively small projects, mostly filling in bikeway gaps or adding on to and upgrading existing bike lanes. These projects do not include paving, curb ramps, posts, or other non-striping elements.” –Robert Prinz (Infrastructure Committee co-chair)

The project areas are:

  • 35th Ave from International Blvd to Foothill Blvd
  • MacArthur Blvd from Boston Ave to Coolidge Ave
  • Washington St from 2nd St to 9th St
  • Market St at 7th St
  • E 12th St at 16th Ave
  • E 12th St at 22nd Ave
  • E 12th St at 29th Ave
  • W MacArthur Blvd from San Pablo Ave to 500ft west of Market St

The draft striping plan and comments by Robert Prinz and Dianne Yee are below.

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Safe Oakland Streets: CA Assembly Bills 43 and 550

At the May 20, 2021 BPAC meeting, Nicole Ferrara, OakDOT’s Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, presented on and shared ways the BPAC can support two bills aimed at reducing dangerous speeding on California roadways that the State Legislature is considering: Assembly Bill AB 43 (Friedman): Speed Limit Setting, and AB 550 (Chiu): Speed Safety Systems. Both bills would implement Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) strategies, and the bills have been supported by City Council and the Mayor.

Safe Oakland Streets: Goals

  1. Prevent severe and fatal crashes and related disparities impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income populations
  2. Eliminate severe and fatal injury inequities including racial disparities impacting BIPOC communities that exist today in Oakland
  3. Inform effective and equitable safety strategies that prevent injury and injury inequities, and do not have adverse equity impacts on BIPOC communities, seniors, and low-income populations

Current status of state legislation

  • AB 43 passed out of the Assembly and heads to the Senate.
  • AB 550 was held in Assembly Appropriations today (May 20, 2021) and won’t advance this year.
  • BPAC can submit a letter of support for AB 43

The full presentation is below.

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E-Scooter Program Update

At the May 20, 2021 BPAC meeting, Kerby Olsen, New Mobility Supervisor, gave a quick update on the E-scooter program and introduced two of the three new permitted operators: SPIN, VeoRide and LINK. Seymond Sumulong, Construction Inspector, gave an update on E-scooter parking enforcement and the effectiveness of the locking requirement.

Scooters with locking devices

Starting November 2020, shared e-scooters were required to lock to a bike rack, in-street corral or City street signs when not in use.

  • Before the locking devices were required, there were an average of 37 issues that were reported in OAK311 per month and an average 8 per month resulted to fines.
  • After the locking devices were required, there were an average of 32 issues that were reported in OAK311 per month and an average 0 per month resulted to fines.
    • Issues reported were down by 15%

The full presentation is below.

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May 2021 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, May 20, 2021; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Recent Bicyclist- and Pedestrian-Related Crashes
    • On Sunday, 4/25/21 at 11:40 am, a 95-year old Asian male pedestrian was severely injured by a driver at Jackson St and 10th St while crossing the street in the crosswalk.
    • On Sunday 5/9/2021 at 5:14 pm, a 41-year-old Black male pedestrian was fatally struck by a driver at Park Blvd and Greenwood Ave while on the sidewalk.
  • CA Assembly Bills 43 and 550
  • Moving Forward with the BPAC Police Relations Committee
  • E-Scooter Update
  • Committee Report Back

Announcements:

  • Bay Bridge Shared Use Path petition
  • Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan survey
  • Bike to Wherever Day 2021 is on May 21st
  • Annual Traffic Counts Program Update with data from 2020

More details below.

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BPAC Bike Rides with OPD

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, members of the BPAC Police Relations Committee led a discussion to propose community rides and walks with the Oakland Police Department.

Overview

The BPAC Police Relations Committee is proposing that BPAC implement community rides with members of the bicycling community and the Oakland Police Department (OPD).

  • We want to bring down barriers to understanding that keep us from participating as bicyclists and pedestrians free of intimidation and fear.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians face day to day safety issues, especially from vehicles.
  • Address the dynamic of different perspectives, especially with regards to safety.
  • Address the implicit bias bicyclists and pedestrians of color face from the OPD.

Planning Our First Ride

  • We want to roll-out our first community ride with OPD during the Bike to Wherever Day Pedal Pools on May 21st.
  • The community rides will be coordinated with the full BPAC, the BPAC Police Relations Committee, OakDOT, OPD and the public. Members and staff of the Oakland City Council could also be included.
  • BPAC would use the BPAC Blog to advertise events to the public and local community organizations and their networks.
  • Other details would need to be developed, including ride leaders, routes, duration and protocols.

Next Steps

  • Proposal submitted to the full BPAC for consideration at the April BPAC meeting. We respectfully request a Motion to Approve the proposal and BPAC support.
  • The BPAC Police Relations Committee would meet and coordinate with OPD management during April/May as well as coordinate with BPAC leadership and local community organizations.
  • Report back at the May BPAC and invite OPD representatives to attend
  • Expanding group rides to include group walks.
  • While ambitious, again, it is hoped that the first community rides with the OPD happen on Bike to Wherever Day on May 21st.

The full presentation is below.

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Bike to W(herever) Day Planning

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Chris Hwang, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) Board President, presented on Bike to W(herever) Day and ways to get involved. WOBO will produce a Bike To Wherever Day program at Lake Merritt on the afternoon of Friday, May 21, a national day for celebrating the bicycling commute. The 14-year old nonprofit is proud to produce a self-guided ride around the beautiful lake from 3pm to 6pm. They invite partners who are able to and interested in sharing resources that help Oaklanders experience the city by bicycle to email WOBO if they’d like to participate in programming the area along the walkway between the pergola and El Embarcadero Way, or to sponsor the event. Please stay tuned for additional details, and follow @walkoakbikeoak on social media for announcements and how to get involved.

Bike To W(herever) Day 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Lake Merritt Pergola 3pm – 6pm

  • Bike Bags
  • Bicycling / Micromobility Orgs
  • City & Community Resources
  • Climate Action Partners

Volunteer

  • Commissioner Rides with Councilmembers, Mayor, Elected Officials
  • Bike Bag and Bikeway Maps distribution
  • Put up signs on popular bicycling routes
  • Media – Digital Storytelling
  • Tell your friends and neighbor to join you!

The full presentation is below.

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Transportation Demand Article (TDA) 3 Projects Grant Applications

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz, OakDOT Transportation Planner, presented an overview of existing Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2021-22. This year’s recommendation is to use funding for existing programs/projects, including the bicycle parking program, the stairs and path program, and Foothill pedestrian safety improvements. Input from the Commission regarding priorities is welcome.

Overview

  • Construction/engineering of a bicycle or pedestrian capital project
  • Maintenance of a multi-purpose path
  • Bicycle safety education program
  • Development of a comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans
  • Re-striping Class II bicycle lanes
  • Pedestrian safety education

FY 2021-22 TDA 3 Proposal

  • E 20th St Stairpath Rehabilitation
  • Burr, Wilson, and Palmer Stair/path Rehab
  • CityRacks Bicycle Parking Program
  • Foothill Blvd Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The full presentation is below.

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