Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project, 20th-29th Street

At the June 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, Ryan Russo, Director of the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT), presented a brief history of bike facilities on Telegraph Avenue in Koreatown Northgate (KONO); provided an overview of what we’ve learned since the installation of an interim project in 2016; and presented an overview of the proposed recommendation to install enhanced buffered bike lanes with active curb management, which City Council will consider later this month. Director Russo shared how the public can continue participating in the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project.

What we’ve learned (2013-2019)

  • The good:
    • The number of people walking and biking doubled
    • People driving are three times more likely to yield to people crossing the street
    • People walking and biking report feeling safer with the bike lane than with the five-lane condition
    • Motor vehicle volumes have remained steady, but 85th percentile speeds have decreased closer to the posted speed limit of 25 mph
  • The less good:
    • Reported collisions involving people walking and biking increased by 33%
    • People driving park in the bike lane
    • Bike lane and intersection visibility concerns
    • Pedestrian visibility concerns
    • Anecdotal reports of increased near-miss collisions
    • Maintenance challenges
    • Businesses report negative impacts
    • Aesthetic concerns

The full presentation and summary of discussion are below.

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KONO Rapid Response

At the August 6, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Hank Phan, OakDOT staff presented on the KONO (Koreatown-Northgate-Waverly) Rapid Response Project.

OakDOT is finishing up a permanent design for Telegraph Avenue from 20th St. to 29th St. that will be constructed in 2021. In the meantime, the Department will install interim treatments in 2020 that address lessons learned from the 2016 street design currently on Telegraph Ave.

The interim treatments are:

  1. Bollards between bike lane and parking, and around beige painted safety zones
  2. Clear and more frequent stencils to indicate the lane against the curb is in fact a bike lane
  3. Slower right turns with special turning speed humps
  4. Restricting left turns and through movements at key intersections with bollards (23rd St., 25th St., and Sycamore St.)

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August 2020 Infrastructure Committee Meeting

August 6th, 2020, 3:30-5:30 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Bicycle boulevards
  • Foothill/E 15th St
  • ATP application: 7th St Streetscape improvements
  • ATP application: Foothill/22nd St
  • KONO rapid response
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