Construction of Oakland’s first protected bike lanes are now a reality between downtown and 29th Street, and volunteers are needed to hand out good parking awards to drivers and educate people bicycling about new curbside bike lanes. All help is appreciated, even for partial shifts. Sign up here - bikeeastbay.org/telegraph-signup
Oakland’s streets will soon look very different than they did just a few years ago. Bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements have historically been ad hoc, the result of two factors: a culture that prioritized cars and, more importantly, the absence of a dedicated department overseeing the city’s transportation funds and projects. Earlier this year, Mayor Libby Schaaf established Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT) to bring much-needed structure and a vision that included bikes, pedestrians and transit to the city’s transportation efforts. SPUR has supported the creation of OakDOT because we feel that a well-run DOT is essential to the success of a 21st-century Oakland. The department’s newly released strategic plan confirms that Oakland is moving in the right direction.
Learn more: www.spur.org/news/2016-10-27/n...
The strategic plan just released by Oakland’s new Department of Transportation reflects the city’s activist spirit and opens a new chapter focused on easier and safer access to walking, biking and transit — for everyone. Here are five priorities in the plan that we think will make the biggest difference for Oakland’s transportation future, along...
"Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has hired the city's first-ever transportation policy director — a position that advocates hope will help the city prioritize biking, walking, and public transit in new developments and street redesigns. Matt Nichols, formerly principal transportation planner for the City of Berkeley, is starting his role today in Schaaf's administration as policy director for transportation and infrastructure."
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has hired the city's first-ever transportation policy director — a position that advocates hope will help the city prioritize biking, walking,...
"When asked about expanding Oakland’s bike network, Schaaf pointed to the city’s first protected bike lane going in on Telegraph Avenue this year. She also emphasized the need to re-pave the city’s roads since potholes “can be deadly” for people on bikes, and because the costs of road maintenance increase dramatically when neglected for too long."
Measure BB is a better version of 2012’s Measure B1, and retains a 4-fold increase in bike/ped funding in every city and unincorporated area of the County. Measure BB will build a connected network of safe and comfortable bikeways in your town, allowing you to ride safely and comfortably from your home to work, to school, to shopping centers and other important destinations, without worrying about cars. We like to think the BB’s are for ‘Better Bicycling’ but they also are for ‘Better BART,’ ‘Better Buses,’ ‘Better Boots’—walking, you get the idea. Our Yes on BB campaign is in high gear and we need your help to get out the vote.
We are seeking volunteers to help with phone-banking, outreach, and materials distribution. Sign up Today: bikeeastbay.org/YesOnBB
Action Alert: Continuous bikeways NOT proposed for Telegraph, nor are Protected Bikeways
Continuous bikeways are NOT proposed for Telegraph, nor are Protected Bikeways. Come to September 11 and 13 Open Houses sponsored by City of Oakland to voice your concerns and support our asks for ‘continuous bikeways’ that are ‘protected from moving traffic.’ People have asked for protected bikeways, to the tune of up to 70% of survey respondents and over 110 local businesses on Telegraph Avenue. Even drivers responded to City surveys saying a bike lane is their top priority for improving the street.
Protected bikeways encourage significantly more bicycling by comfortably separating you from traffic. They also are quite feasible on Telegraph Avenue, while preserving traffic flow allowing for local business delivery needs. Most importantly, protected bikeways will help transform Telegraph into a neighborhood where people are active, enjoying the street life, getting to know each other more, and becoming proud of the city they live and work in.
What you can do:
Come to an upcoming Public Open House sponsored by City of Oakland to voice your concerns and support ‘continuous protected bikeways’ on Telegraph Avenue:
Thursday, September 11, 6-8pm; Beebe Memorial Cathedral (3900 Telegraph)
Saturday, September 13, 10am-12:00pm (new corrected start time); Gogi Time Banquet Room (2600 Telegraph)
Great coverage from Streetsblog: sf.streetsblog.org/2014/04/18/...
"The City of Oakland has released preliminary design options [PDF] for a redesign of Telegraph Avenue, which include parking-protected bike lanes, improvements to speed up AC Transit lines, and pedestrian safety upgrades. Planners will hold open house meetings to collect input on the design options starting next week.
“We’re very excited they’ve released a lot of different options,” said Dave Campbell, advocacy director for Bike East Bay. “It’s a very robust set of choices and allows people to make an informed decision on the best ones.”
This is the first time Telegraph is being revisited for a redesign since was taken out of the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit route that begins construction this fall. The proposal to extend BRT on Telegraph to Berkeley was dropped after merchants fought to preserve car parking."
The City of Oakland, in collaboration with the Alameda County Transportation Commission, is working to improve transportation safety and comfort on Telegraph Avenue between 20th Street and 57th Street for all modes of travel. The project builds on past planning efforts along Telegraph Avenue, including the 2005 Pedestrian Streetscape Improvement Project. The initial phase of the project will conclude in the summer of 2014, and will provide detailed concept drawings for the corridor that will allow the City to seek construction funding (e.g., grant money).
Read more here: www2.oaklandnet.com/Government...