Franklin Complete Streets Project

This project will make improvements on Franklin Street from 11th Street to Broadway, and 22nd Street from Broadway to Telegraph, to slow traffic and add a two-way separated bike lane to create a connected grid of slow calm streets for people walking and biking in Downtown Oakland.

Start date:
Oct 1, 2020


PROJECT UPDATE JUNE 2024:  OakDOT submitted an application to the Active Transportation Program (ATP) for $17M to construct this project which includes a road diet, two-way cycletrack linking several other protected bike lane projects downtown, pedestrian safety improvements, and pedestrian-scale lighting.  OakDOT will hear back about this grant application in late 2024/early 2025.  Thanks to everyone from the community who contributed to this effort.  

PLEASE SEE UPDATED PROJECT PLANS BELOW:  "Franklin Complete Streets 35% Plans"

Project Description

The Franklin Street Complete Streets Project will repurpose one lane of vehicle traffic on Franklin Street from 11th Street to Broadway to narrow this high-speed roadway, calm traffic, install pedestrian safety improvements, and implement and the City's 2019 Bicycle Plan recommendation for separated bike lanes on Franklin Street between 11th Street and 22nd Street/Broadway. Importantly, this project will go beyond the Bike Plan recommendation to add two-way bicycle connectivity on this one-way northbound thoroughfare, and will extend this two-way cycletrack down 22nd Street to connect to Telegraph Avenue. Once complete, this project will form a central spine of pedestrian and bicycle connectivity north/south through Downtown Oakland, connecting the protected bike lane/pedestrian corridor projects on Telegraph Avenue, 20th Street, 14th Street, and the TEMPO BRT lanes on 11th and 12th Streets.

Note: OakDOT is working to take advantage of a planned repaving of Franklin Street from 6th Street to Broadway to implement safety improvements along with repaving.  Please visit the webpage for the Franklin Street Paving Project, which takes guidance from the Franklin Complete Streets Project design to remove one lane of vehicle traffic on Franklin and install pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on from 11th Street to 22nd/Broadway.

Project Background

OakDOT prioritizes roadway safety improvements based on safety needs, coordination with other projects, and geographic location in high-equity priority neighborhoods. With a dense concentration of vehicle collisions on Franklin Street, this street is on the City's High Injury Network (HIN) which represents the 6% of Oakland's streets that account for over 60% of severe and fatal crashes. Repurposing a lane of travel on Franklin will shorten pedestrian crossing distances, slow vehicle speeds, and allow less opportunity for reckless driving/speeding. These improvements will target aggressive speeding which led to vehicles crashing into Wise Sons Deli (Franklin and 17th Streets) two times in 2023 and 2022.

This project bisects two of Oakland's Highest Equity Priority Census Tracts per the City's Geographic Equity Toolbox, which takes several demographic factors into account to target investment in the highest-need neighborhoods in the City. This project will connect to several ongoing projects including the 14th Street Safety Project and the 19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway Project (on 20th Street), and the Telegraph Avenue KONO Corridor Project. These connections will form a complete grid of slow, calm streets in Downtown Oakland that are prioritized for people walking, biking and taking transit. This grid of connected streets will allow residents of these equity priority neighborhoods to travel safely to, from, and around Downtown Oakland.




Map of Project: Franklin Complete Streets Project


Initial Community Engagement
2021 to 2023
Initial Designs (15%)
December 2023
Grant Application Community Engagement
Spring 2024
Grant Application Submitted
June 2024
Anticipated Grant Award
Summer 2025
Anticipated Construction (pending grant funding)
2028 to 2029