In 2017 the City of Oakland won a $14 million State grant to provide a once-in-a-generation investment in safety and community-driven aesthetic improvements on 14th Street From Brush Street to Lakeside Drive/Oak Street.
This grant is focused on improving safety on 14th Street for all roadway users - people visiting Downtown Oakland by car, on foot, by bike, or by bus.
Project Goals and Design Elements
Today, 14th Street is designed to speed motor vehicle traffic through Downtown as quickly as possible. In the 5 years since the City applied for this safety grant in 2016, 2 people walking were killed by drivers on 14th Street - both Asian American seniors. In that same 5 years, vehicle collisions injured 189 people, 38 of them severely. This stretch of 14th Street represents one of the densest concentrations of traffic injuries and deaths in the City of Oakland. These tragic and preventable collisions, injuries, and deaths are a daily barrier to mobility for all, and a barrier to 14th Street operating as the center of a calm and walkable Downtown. The Goals of this project are to:
- Invest in safety improvements on 14th Street to create a place for people, not just for cars
- Improve the connection to Downtown for people walking and biking
- Install new street trees on 14th Street
- Bring the "String of Lights" around Lake Merritt down 14th Street to Broadway to visually connect the Lake with the Black Arts Movement Business District
- Add parking on adjacent streets with angled parking conversion (~60 spaces added by project)
- Improve transit reliability for the 14 line, one of the busiest bus line in Oakland
During public outreach meetings in 2019, the City heard concern from the community regarding parking, roadway safety, support for small businesses, and cultural/aesthetic elements related to the Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD).
Now, in Summer 2021, the City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is coming back to the 14th Street community to provide a status update on our progress in meeting the community’s requests. Additionally, OakDOT would like to illustrate some additional design features that will allow for more public space for activities, dining, shopping, strolling, or creative expression. Please contact Charlie Ream at CReam@oaklandca.gov with any questions or to set up a video or small in-person briefing on the project.
OakDOT will be walking the corridor and hosting public events for the 14th Street project beginning in July 2021. Stay tuned for more information.