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
East 12th Street Bikeway Project Update:
OakDOT is planning to apply to the Safe Routes to BART program, Cycle 2, to support the E. 12th Street bike project.
8th Street West Oakland Traffic Calming Project Interviews:
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Program staff conducted interviews with seventeen residents of 8th Street to engage more deeply with residents about the neighborhood and project outcomes.
At the January 12, 2023 BPAC Infrastructure Meeting, Robert Prinz, committee co-chair, presented this project for discussion.
Robert noticed extensive utility work on Adeline Street in West Oakland which resulted in repaving for a long segment that was recommended for bike lanes in the bike plan.
Followed up with bike program staff to ask if coordination with the utility on re-striping with bike lanes was possible, instead up just re-striping to previous configuration.
Also followed up with some West Oakland resident contacts and a bike shop owner, who in turn followed up with Councilmember Fife, who in turn followed up with the DOT to express support for the effort.
Robert checked in a few times with staff for updates, but for the most part stayed out of their way from that point on.
Several months later, the new striping was installed, including a road diet with buffered bike lanes from 35th St to 18th St, and new high-visibility crosswalks at multiple locations.
At the January 12, 2023 BPAC Infrastructure Meeting, OakDOT staff Jason Patton to presented an update on Slow Streets before publicizing it in late January. An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation [PDF] and presentation notes and discussion notes.
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.
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.
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.