Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative Update

At the June 16, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor Nicole Ferrara presented updates on the Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative. SOS was launched in 2021 with the primary goal of preventing severe and fatal crashes and related disparities impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, persons with disabilities, seniors, children, and low-income populations. The presentation includes an overview of the initiative, progress made in 2021, and focal points for work in 2022 and beyond.

An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

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6/20/22 SOS Update at MCPD

At the Monday, June 20, 2022 Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) meeting at 6pm, Megan Weir, Maya Amichai, Ofurhe Igbinedion, and Nicole Ferrara from OakDOT with the first annual update of SOS. The Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative was launched in 2021 with the primary goal of preventing severe and fatal crashes and related disparities impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, persons with disabilities, seniors, children, and low-income populations. This presentation will provide an overview of the initiative, progress made in 2021, and focal points for work in 2022 and beyond.

View the full meeting agenda [PDF].

Join the meeting on Zoom (5:30pm-7:30pm).

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AB 2336 & Safe Oakland Streets

At the April 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, Nicole Ferrara presented on AB 2336 and requested a motion of support for the bill.

Every week, two Oaklanders are killed or fatally injured by traffic violence. These crashes disproportionally impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, seniors, children, and people with disabilities.

Assembly Bill 2336 (Friedman): Speed Safety System Pilot Program is a proposed state law that would allow Oakland and 5 other cities to administer these speed safety systems as a pilot program. Oakland would be permitted a total 18 safety systems administered by the Department of Transportation.

The Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative aims to prevent severe and fatal traffic crashes, eliminate injury inequities, and carefully assess and mitigate any equity impacts resulting from safety measures. SOS found that, in addition to engineering, automated speed enforcement is highly effective at preventing traffic deaths, while also advancing Reimagining Public Safety Task Force goals of moving most traffic enforcement from the Oakland Police Department to the Department of Transportation.

The full presentation is 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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Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative Update

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, BPAC Commissioner and lead of the Bicyclist/Pedestrian and Police Relations Committee, Phoenix Mangrum, and OakDOT Transportation Planner, Audrey Harris, will update the commission on progress on public safety efforts, including the Safe Oakland Streets Initiative, an equity-centered analysis to inform traffic safety and crash prevention.


Goals of Safe Oakland Streets

  1. Eliminate severe and fatal injury inequities that exist today in Oakland
  2. Prevent severe and fatal crashes from happening in the first place.
  3. Inform safety strategies that prevent injury and injury inequities and do not have adverse equity impacts on communities of color and low-income populations

View the full presentation below.

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