Telegraph KONO, Pill Hill, Mosswood | 2016 - 2020

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

In Process


Telegraph Avenue is getting safety and connectivity improvements!

1) KONO (20th Street to 29th Street) : OakDOT installed the temporary protected bike lane in 2016. Since 2016, OakDOT has made incremental improvements to reinforce the separation between parked cars and people biking, address curbside needs for businesses, and improve safety. Meanwhile, OakDOT applied for and was awarded a grant to make these improvements permanent, by replacing the painted bike lane separation, plastic bus boarding islands, and painted pedestrian safety islands, with concrete.

**** In response to community requests to modify the project, we're currently evaluating whether buffered bike lanes are a better fit for this segment of Telegraph. Tell us what you think! ****

2) Pill Hill / Mosswood (29th Street to MacArthur) : OakDOT applied for and was awarded a grant to install painted bike lanes and pedestrian crossing improvements. This project is currently in design with construction anticipated in 2021-2022.


Telegraph Avenue is a main thoroughfare for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers, alike. Telegraph is the most direct path of travel between Downtown Oakland, KONO, Pill Hill, Mosswood, and Temescal and directly connects to regional transit facilities.

Space on this segment of the street, however, is limited. Connecting Telegraph (KONO, Pill Hill, Mosswood) weighs tradeoffs to design a street that best serves all Oaklanders and visitors.

To guide our decision-making process, OakDOT selects 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 asked 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

Meetings and Outreach Events (2016 - present)

Post-implementation user intercept surveys; May 2016

Business surveys; January 2017, April 2017, May 2019, June 2020,

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee meetings; February 2017, April 2019, August 2020

AC Transit meetings; March 2017, June 2017, September 2017

KONO Business Improvement District meetings; August 2017, September 2017, May 2019, February 2020

City Council meetings; September 2017, December 2018, May 2019, July 2020

Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities meetings; January 2018, April 2018

Community meeting with Northgate Neighbors; March 2019

Pop-up survey; December 2020

Engagement leading up to Connecting Telegraph (2013-2016) :