Lake Merritt Bikeway Improvement Project

Extending the Lakeside Drive two-way protected cycletrack around the Lake to International Boulevard



Lakeside Drive from Madison Street to Lake Merritt Boulevard and Lake Merritt Boulevard from Lakeside to E 12th Street are set to be repaved in 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to extend the popular two-way protected cycletrack around Lake Merritt from Madison Street southward and over the estuary bridge to E 12th Street! This paving project means that the City can expand recreational access to the regional destination of Lake Merritt and provide a lasting benefit to the City for people commuting into Downtown in the future.

Project Goals

  • Provide a safe, welcoming place to ride a bike around Lake Merritt from Madison Street to International Boulevard
  • Coordinate with AC Transit to provide bus-only lanes for the new Tempo BRT service, where feasible
  • Alleviate congestion on the Lake Merritt mixed-use pathway
  • Provide two-way bicycle connectivity on the lake side of Lake Merritt Boulevard and Lakeside Drive for recreational users, and provide one-way bike facility on south side of Lake Merritt Boulevard to connect to bike lanes on 1st Avenue and to planned bike facilities on 14th St
  • Leave the freshly-paved roadway better than we found it, with a new roadway plan that encourages recreation and safe travel by all modes

Project Schedule

  • Complete: Develop concept plans for Lake Merritt Boulevard and Lakeside Drive
  • Late 2020 (Complete): Conduct online and phone-based outreach to local stakeholders and Citywide users of Lake Merritt
  • Late 2020 (Complete): Online Project survey publicized on social media, postcard mailer, email lists, and via posters and sidewalk decals around the Lake
  • 2021 - Final Design or improvements
  • Construction Start Date: TBD



Map of Lakeside and Lake Merritt BLVDLake Merritt Bikeway Improvement Project