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 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 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.
The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 510.879.0871
Wladimir Wlassowsky, P.E.
City Traffic Engineer
Transportation Services Division Manager
Oakland Public Works Department
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:
MPI MacArthur, LLC
(510) 273-2002 email@example.com
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
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