Connecting Telegraph Avenue | Transportation Improvement Project

OakDOT is improving safety and accessibility on Telegraph Avenue from 20th St to MacArthur Blvd!



Telegraph Avenue is getting traffic safety improvements! The City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) has two upcoming projects on Telegraph Avenue:

1) 20th Street to 29th Street: OakDOT will be making interim improvements to make the current complete street project more intuitive and address lessons learned. This includes improving the buffer between parked cars and the bike lane with bollards, addressing curbside needs for businesses, and making the pedestrian safety areas and bike lanes more visible. These improvements were initially planned to be implemented in late 2019 but have been delayed. They will be implemented in spring 2020. OakDOT is simultaneously designing permanent concrete improvements to be installed in 2021, including concrete bus boarding islands and concrete islands in place of the beige painted pedestrian safety zones. To learn more about the history and City Council approval of this project, visit:
2) 29th Street to MacArthur Boulevard: OakDOT has funding to install bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements, and is seeking community input on two design options, also for installation in 2021.


Telegraph Avenue is a main thoroughfare for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit goers, and drivers alike. Serving as a primary connection between Downtown Oakland, North Oakland neighborhoods, and South Berkeley, Telegraph is the most direct path of travel via transit, walking, and biking through these neighborhoods. Additionally, it provides regional connections by way of the 24 and 580, as well as the 19th Street and MacArthur BART stations.

Space on this segment of the street, however, is limited. Connecting Telegraph will weigh tradeoffs and design a street that best serves all Oaklanders and visitors.

To guide our decision-making process, OakDOT will select the final project design based on the following factors:

  • Safety
  • Equity
    • Ensure accessibility, affordability, health & safety, and process for disadvantaged communities in Oakland
  • Community Input
    • During this planning process, our team will ask the community to share their experience on Telegraph, how they use the corridor, and what improvements they value the most.
    • We will collect input through the following methods: flyers promoting a user survey, online promotion of the user survey, merchant surveys to all affected merchants, hosting a community workshop, and mailers to residents along the corridor
  • Vibrancy
    • Creating opportunities for beautification and increasing foot traffic

Past Meetings and Outreach Events

Northgate Neighbors

March 6, 2019, 6-8 PM

Providence House, 540 23rd Street, Oakland