Fruitvale Avenue Improvements

Fruitvale Avenue is one of Oakland’s most popular corridors serving many local markets, churches, health providers and community centers. Bicycle and pedestrian use is also growing rapidly but the street has a high rate of crashes, many involving neighborhood residents.
Our Work

Update Summer 2021:

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the Fruitvale Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Safety Project (E 12th Street to E 22nd Street). Bike lanes will continue on Fruitvale Avenue between E 12th Street and E 22nd Street. Pedestrian improvements include high visibility crosswalk striping and flashing lights at three intersections. There will be new left turn lanes at the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Project completion is slated for early 2022. For more information please see the City Of Oakland project page.

For years, residents have asked for street improvements to ensure safety of a growing population of people walking and bicycling. Some quicker projects were completed including minimal crosswalks and painted bike lanes, but vehicle lanes and parking were set as a priority. The good news is that the times are a-changing and dramatic improvements could be seen in the foreseeable future. Thanks to a new, more supportive City Councilmember: Noel Gallo, along with Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT), Fruitvale Ave has been designated as a priority street for safety improvements.

WOBO Has Made Headway With Lower Fruitvale

On November 29, 2016, Oakland received a $1.1 million state grant to add bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements to Fruitvale Ave between International Blvd and Foothill Blvd. We have fought for these new bike lanes for years, from initially being rebuked by former Councilmember Ignacio de la Fuente, to now having full support of Councilmember Noel Gallo. Expect to see these bike lanes in 2019, but we will push for quicker implementation.

In 2015, we led a public outreach effort to redesign lower Fruitvale Ave from E.12th Street to the Estuary, and we are happy to report Oakland has received a $5.8 million State Active Transportation grant to rebuild the street and create a safer pedestrian experience, as well as add in Oakland’s first raised protected bike lanes.