The East Oakland Neighborhood Bike Routes is a project in the conceptual design planning phase.
The four project corridors are:
- Hamilton St - Rudsdale St - D St - Royal Ann St between 69th Ave to 105th Ave
- Foothill Blvd - Arthur St - Plymouth St between 64th Ave to 79th Ave
- 81st Ave between San Leandro St to Bancroft Ave
- 85th Ave between San Leandro St to Bancroft Ave
Neighborhood Bike Routes are calm local streets where bicyclists have priority, but share roadway space with automobiles. To keep streets comfortable for bicyclists and pedestrians planned improvements may include:
- Signal changes to help bicyclists and pedestrians cross major streets like Bancroft Ave and San Leandro St
- Repaving pot holes and cracks in pavements to make bicycling safer and more comfortable
- Signage and stripping to make cyclists and motorists aware that the street is a priority route for bicyclists
- Speed bumps, traffic circles and bulb-outs to slow down motorists and provide a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians
The improvements are envisioned to safely connect people biking in East Oakland to local destinations such as libraries, parks, recreation centers, and schools. Construction of these four projects will improve access to the low stress network for all ages and abilities, which is a central goal of the City Council adopted 2019 Citywide Bike Plan Update, Let's Bike Oakland.
These four corridors were identified in the 2019 Citywide Bike Plan Update as short term priority projects. Short term projects are projects OakDOT strives to build in the next 5 years. Priority projects are projects that provide the greatest benefit to Oaklanders and align with current City goals. Selection criteria included: crash reduction projects, destination connectivity projects, gap closure projects and cost-savings projects.
During Let's Bike Oakland planning process we held over 60 community meetings and engaged over 3,600 people in person and collected over 2,300 comments online. We heard that one of the top issues for residents in East Oakland is the lack of bicycle facilities and that new investment is needed and welcome if it fits with the community’s desires. We heard that people do not just ride to get to work and new infrastructure is needed to connect to local neighborhood destinations such as libraries, parks, recreation centers, and schools. Specifically, we heard that we should not just try to fit all modes - cars, buses, pedestrians and bikes - on our major streets. People asked for improvements to neighborhood streets adjacent to major streets that would make bicycling more comfortable and connect to local destinations.
A Neighborhood Bike Route has already be implemented on Plymouth St between 79th ave and 104th Ave through OakDOT's East Oakland Planning for Paving effort . The Neighborhood Bike Route on Foothill Blvd - Arthur St - Plymouth St between 64th Ave to 79th Ave will be a continuation comfortably connecting people to more parks and schools.
During Spring 2020, OakDOT will be working with community members to refine these four East Oakland Neighborhood Bike Routes, developing conceptual designs, and potentially pursuing grant funds to implement the four projects. To find out more about the East Oakland Neighborhood Bike Routes contact Lily Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org