In late July, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) announced “the availability of $1.125 million in local Bicycle and Pedestrian Measure B sales tax funds for the deployment of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program (RRGP) to support Alameda County’s economic recovery and regrowth from the impacts of COVID-19.
The City of Oakland applied to the grant program and its application was recommended to the Alameda County Technical Advisory Committee on 29 October 2020.
Oakland’s project is for “Citywide Bicycle/Pedestrian Rapid Response Enhancements“: Enhance existing, temporary safety installations with more durable improvements, including signage, striping, markers and modular curb to build on Oakland’s Slow Streets “Essential Places” and “Rapid Response” programs.
At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, David Pene and Jason Cook gave a presentation on OakDOT’s Active Transportation Enhancement Project.
- Add physical separation to existing curbside buffered bike lanes with known issues.
- Provide safer pedestrian access to key locations.
- Implement the toolkit that was developed as part of the Curbside Class IV Bikeway Analysis and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools.
The full presentation, notes, and discussion are below.
At the July 16, 2020 BPAC meeting, Warren Logan, Mayor’s Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations provided an overview of the City’s Flex Streets program for business’ use of sidewalks and public rights of way for physical distancing during COVID- 19. The presentation also provides an update on next steps and coordination with Alameda County Shelter in Place orders.
The goals of the Flex Streets program are to:
- Support local restaurants and retailers
- Support Oakland residents
- Support local performers and artists
- Improve traffic safety
- Ensure and advance racial equity
At the June 18, 2020 BPAC meeting, Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) Director Ryan Russo and OakDOT Agency Administrator Ariel Espiritu-Santo discussed the proposed mid-cycle budget amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget. This proposal reflects significant reductions to key transportation revenue sources resulting from the current global health crisis. Russo described the proposed budget balancing measures and potential impact to OakDOT operations.