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Park Boulevard Corridor Study

An Evaluation of Pedestrian, Bicycle and School Safety

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The City of Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT) undertook the Park Blvd Corridor Study to gather input from neighbors, students, merchants, and other stakeholders for improving safety along the length of Park Blvd. The study began in summer 2016 and concluded in spring 2018. This page includes information on the status of projects that were considered by the study, and provides documentation on the completed study.

Active Projects

Lower Park Blvd from E 18th St to MacArthur Blvd is planned for a road diet with pedestrian crossing improvements and buffered bike lanes. The project will be delivered through a paving project, and construction is anticipated in 2020. See this concept plan for details. The staff contact is Jason Patton, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, jpatton@oaklandca.gov, 510-238-7049.

Middle Park Blvd is planned for major school safety improvements at the intersections of Park Blvd / Excelsior Ave/ Grosvenor Pl / Alma Pl and at Park Blvd / E 38th St / 13th Ave/ Park Blvd Way / Greenwood Ave. See this concept plan for details. The work is made possible by a $1.89 million grant from the State's Active Transportation Program that was awarded to OakDOT in September 2017. The staff contact is Joe Wang, Supervising Traffic Engineer, jwang@oaklandca.gov, 510-238-6107.

Inactive Projects

For Middle Park Blvd, the Park Blvd Corridor Study identified the following three alternatives. There is not stakeholder agreement on a preferred alternative. Funding has not been identified for additional community outreach to reach agreement, nor is funding available for implementing the improvements. The staff contact is Joe Wang, Supervising Traffic Engineer, jwang@oaklandca.gov, 510-238-6107.

  • Pedestrian crossings with rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) plus sidewalk extensions at select locations to channelize drivers, reduce vehicle speeds, and shorten crossing distances.
  • Installation of new traffic signals (approximately five) to regulate drivers’ speeds and create new protected crossings for pedestrians. This alternative would include the possible elimination of uncontrolled crosswalks.
  • Conversion of Middle Park Blvd to one travel lane per direction. This alternative would consolidate side street access at traffic signals (including approximately three new signals). The remaining uncontrolled intersections would be limited to right turns only into and out of the side streets. In this alternative, the uncontrolled pedestrian crossings of Park Blvd would be more likely to remain than if the traffic signals were installed without the conversion of travel lanes.

On Upper Park Blvd, for some years the City has had a concept for building a pedestrian/bicyclist path where currently there is a dirt shoulder. Significant work would be needed to stabilize the roadway’s shoulder in order to support a path along the canyon’s edge. Cost-effective improvements could be made in coordination with a paving project on Upper Park Blvd: removing travel lanes and implementing a road diet to improve bicyclist access plus pedestrian safety at Zion Lutheran Church & School. Stakeholders do not agree on the road diet. Upper Park Blvd is not part of the City’s 3-Year Paving Plan that was adopted in 2019. No funds are available for developing the path along the roadway shoulder. The staff contact is Jason Patton, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, jpatton@oaklandca.gov, 510-238-7049.

Additional Information on the Park Blvd Corridor Study

In fall 2016, OakDOT began the study process by listening to community concerns, gathering input, and promoting dialog. A key component of the community outreach was to address some confusion amongst stakeholders regarding whether the City was proposing a “road diet” on Park Blvd and, if so, on which of the three segments a road diet would be implemented. The process was also initiated to reach a broader cross section of stakeholders, including residents of the Trestle Glen neighborhood who have expressed concerns regarding changes to Park Blvd potentially diverting drivers into their neighborhood.

Outreach included the following community meetings and presentations:

  • 11/16/16: Large format community meeting at the Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church
  • 11/17/16: Large format community meeting at the F M Smith Recreation Center
  • 12/15/16: Public meeting at the City's Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • Winter/Spring 2017 Meetings with Individual Stakeholder Groups:
    • Glenview Neighborhood Association
    • Oakland High School (in cooperation with Bike East Bay)
    • Lakeshore Homeowners Association
  • 1/24/18: Large format community meeting at the Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church
  • 1/31/18: Large format community meeting at Cleveland Elementary School

While having one name, Park Blvd is made up of three very different segments that the corridor study communicated as Lower Park Blvd, Middle Park Blvd, and Upper Park Blvd. Located below Interstate 580, Lower Park Blvd is in a dense neighborhood close to Lake Merritt and downtown. Located between Interstate 580 and Leimert Blvd, Middle Park Blvd is part of the Glenview with neighborhood-serving schools and a commercial district. Located above Leimert Blvd, Upper Park Blvd is along Dimond Canyon in an area with no homes or sidewalks.

Along Lower Park Blvd, there were strong concerns regarding speeding and pedestrian safety. There was also strong support for the planned road diet with pedestrian crossing improvements and bike lanes.

Along Middle Park Blvd, there were similarly strong concerns regarding speeding and pedestrian safety. While some stakeholders strongly supported a road diet, other stakeholders were concerned with commute hour traffic accessing I-580, and the potential for traffic diverting into the Trestle Glen neighborhood. OakDOT’s technical analysis showed that a road diet is feasible if a collection of traffic signals were installed as part of the road diet project. A low-cost “striping-only” road diet was deemed infeasible.


Documents from the Park Blvd Corridor Study

Community Meeting Materials:

November 2016 Community Meetings, Presentation

Januuary 2018 Community Meeting on Middle and Upper Park Blvd

Januuary 2018 Community Meeting on Lower Park Blvd

Letter from OakDOT Director Ryan Russo (March 8, 2018)

Plans & Studies

last updated 11/27/19