Telegraph KONO, Pill Hill, Mosswood | 2016 - 2022

OakDOT is improving safety and accessibility on Telegraph Avenue connecting 20th Street to 42nd Street! Construction starting April 2022!

In Process



1. KONO (20th Street to 29th Street):

In response to City Council direction in July 2020, the City Administrator's Office, OakDOT, and the Department of Race and Equity have worked closely with community leaders in KONO to determine whether buffered bike lanes are a better fit for this segment of Telegraph Avenue. As a result, OakDOT staff recommended revising the project with buffered bike lanes, protected intersections at Grand Avenue and 27th Street, concrete bus boarding islands, and curb management.

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 permanent safety improvements.

In July 2021, City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting protected bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue between 20th Street and 29th Street. OakDOT is currently working to award the construction contract to proceed with construction of the protected bike lanes. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2022.

2. Pill Hill/ Mosswood (29th Street to 42nd Street):

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,

Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meetings; February 2017, April 2019, August 2020, June 2021

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, June 2021, July 2021

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) :