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Estuary Crossing Bike Ped Bridge


Our Goal: build a bicycle and pedestrian moveable bridge connecting Alameda and Oakland.

Our Work

There is a critical gap for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between west Alameda and downtown Oakland. Travel is currently limited to the Posey Tube walkway which is too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs — let alone a steady flow of bikers and pedestrians. Anyone who has traveled the tube has not come out unscathed, due to the unavoidable walls caked with soot from car traffic (imagine what that exhaust is doing to your lungs!).

WOBO is working alongside multiple organizations (including Bike East Bay and Bike Walk Alameda) to advocate for a new bridge. This bridge would provide 24x7x365, convenient, and enjoyable access for everyone. Benefits would include congestion relief for commuters, increased economic activity on both sides, increased equity for the nearby underserved community, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and, last but not least, a perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely bike ride or stroll over the estuary.

Bike Walk Alameda has been tackling this project since 2006 but the “Bridge the Gap” campaign was officially launched in May of 2016. Progress has been made including a positive feasible study, but we need your help to make this a reality.  

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Oakland Lands $16 Million for Protected Bike Lanes on 14th Street and Fruitvale Avenue

California’s Active Transportation Program has awarded Oakland a pair of hefty grants to redesign two popular bike routes: 1) 14th Street in downtown Oakland-$10.5 million, and 2) Fruitvale Avenue west of Fruitvale BART-$5.5 million. The 14th Street project will become a signature bikeway project for Oakland, connecting West Oakland and East Lake to the downtown, while the Fruitvale Avenue project upgrades an existing bike lane to Oakland’s first raised bike lanes. Both projects receive their grants starting late 2019. However, with passage of Measure KK, Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland will push Oakland to build an interim bikeway sooner on 14th Street.

14th Street Design

14th-st-rendering_cover14th Street will be redesigned with one through travel lane in each direction for vehicles, curbside protected bike lanes with protected intersections at several locations, bus boarding islands for the AC Transit line 26, and bike traffic signals at busy cross streets. The project extends 1.7 miles from Oak Street to 980. It could become a model bikeway project for Oakland and one we have been pushing for since 2013. Oakland receives more bicycling-related complaints about this street than any other. However, there will be major pushback against a road diet on 14th Street and any potential relocation of on-street parking with the project. If you bike 14th Street, look for updates next year on this project and be ready to help.

Fruitvale Avenue Design

fruitvale-ave-gap-closureFruitvale Avenue gets a major makeover between the Estuary and E.12th Street, providing a much-improved bikeway connection to the island of Alameda. The project will have Oakland’s first raised protected bike lane (or ‘cycle track’ as it is often referred to). Gateway features are included, new street trees will be added between the raised bikeway and travel lanes, and integrated bus boarding islands built. It’s Oakland’s most ambitious and capital-intensive bikeway to date. Thanks to much input from the community, including Bike East Bay and WOBO members, we do not expect any pushback.

For other East Bay cities that did not receive funding for their projects, a regional round of Active Transportation Program grants should be announced early next year. All applications that did not get state funding automatically move into the regional round of scoring. To see how your East Bay city scored at the state level for its ATP applications, go here.

More details about Oakland’s ATP grant applications are included at the end of this Oakland BPAC agenda packet.

Park Blvd Community Meetings

park-blvd-comm-mtg-graphicThe City of Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT) cordially invites you to attend community outreach meetings to hear your concerns about transportation safety and mobility on Park Boulevard corridor (Highway 13 to East 18th Street).  OakDOT will also update you on the various efforts that are ongoing on different sections of Park Blvd. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland also encourages you to attend and let OakDOT know you are quite ready for Park Blvd to have modern, comfortable bike lanes the whole way.

Community Meeting #1
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:00pm
Park Blvd Presbyterian Church Gym
4101 Park Blvd

Community Meeting #2
Thursday, November 17, 6:30-8:00pm
FM Smith Recreation Center
1969 Park Blvd

Please feel free to attend either date, as the content will be the same both nights.  Please also share and circulate this flyer to interested parties.

Download the Community Flyer from OakDOT

More on Bike East Bay’s and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s Park Blvd Bikeway Campaign

More info or questions contact Chad Havens, Michael Baker International:       tel.  510.879.0871

Wladimir Wlassowsky, P.E.
City Traffic Engineer
Transportation Services Division Manager
Oakland Public Works Department

MacArthur BART Transit Village Community Mtg

Update on MacArthur Bart Station Project

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Beebe Memorial Cathedral – Multipurpose Room
3900 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609

Please join us for an update on the final phase of the MacArthur Bart Station Project:

 Introduce Parcel B Developer, Boston Properties

 Learn about the exciting development proposal that will provide more housing (market rate & affordable) and retail for the Transit Village

 Provide input on key aspects of project

If you have any questions, please call or email:

Deborah Castles
MPI MacArthur, LLC
(510) 273-2002

Oaklavia – East Bay Open Streets Returns to San Pablo Avenue

Nothing makes us more excited than to show the public what our streets can be like if we designed it to serve the community, and not just to automobiles.

State Route 123, aka San Pablo Avenue between Ashby and Stanford, becomes a car-free playground and community space once again on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Read all about it here.

Check out the local community’s latest newsletter: February 23, 2016 Newsletter

You might just want to sign up for regular updates from the local planning group here.

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