14th Street is an important east-west corridor connecting West Oakland and Lake Merritt through Downtown Oakland. While the civic, cultural, residential, and small business destinations along 14th Street reflect the diversity of Oakland, the options for safe and comfortable travel in this area do not. This project extends from Brush St to Lakeside Dr providing new access to Lake Merritt.
This project will make travel along 14th Street safe and comfortable for everyone. Completion of this project will result in improved connections to jobs, housing, education, transit, and recreation, including:
- Bridging connections from West Oakland to Downtown and Lake Merritt
- City and County services like City Hall, the County Courthouse, and the Public Library
- Community, entertainment, and arts centers
- The 12th Street BART Station and East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Project Details and Design Elements
The design incorporates the plans and policies of all preceding community-led efforts for the corridor, including the NACTO Cities for Cycling design charrette and the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan community engagement efforts. The project will include the following design elements:
- Curb-protected bicycle lanes located between the parked cars and sidewalk for maximum protection
- Improved pedestrian facilities to reduce crossing distances and provide increased protection from moving vehicles, including:
- Marked crossings
- Signal timing changes
- Storm drain rain gardens
- Bus boarding islands with enhanced bus stop amenities
- Bicycle and pedestrian safety enhancements at every intersection along the corridor, with major improvements at Lakeside Drive and at Broadway.
In Spring 2019, we will be conducting stakeholder interviews with property owners, business, arts & entertainment organizations, and other organizations along the corridor to gather input on the final design components of this project. We are seeking input on curb management, parking and art & placekeeping to include with the final corridor design.
We hosted a public meeting that all members of the community were welcome to attend on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 5:30 PM in City Hall Hearing Room 3, to hear from all who live, work, play, or travel along 14th Street.