LAKE MERRITT IS THE HEART OF OAKLAND. WE ARE PETITIONING FOR A CONTINUOUS, TWO WAY PROTECTED CYCLETRACK ALL THE WAY AROUND THE LAKE TO BOTH PROTECT AND SUPPORT PEOPLE WALKING AND ROLLING, AS WELL AS INSPIRE PEOPLE TO BRING THIS TYPE OF FACILITY TO EVERY CORNER OF THE TOWN.
Vigil for Maia
Thank you to everyone who attended the September 6, 2023, vigil for Maia at Lake Merritt.
An appeal letter to the Mayor asking for fast action on protected bikeway upgrades along Lakeshore Avenue was submitted on September 11, 2023, and endorsed by Bike East Bay, Traffic Violence Rapid Response, Transport Oakland, and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Click here to view the letter.
IN MEMORY OF Maia Correia
In early August 2023 we were devastated to learn about a crash that occurred on Lakeshore Avenue at Hanover Avenue, which took the life of four-year-old Maia Correia.
Maia was in a child seat on her father’s bike, riding in the painted bike lake on Lakeshore Ave when the driver of a parked car opened a door into their path, causing them to crash. Though wearing a helmet, Maia suffered a traumatic brain injury and was not able to recover. More details about this tragedy were reported by Oaklandside’s Jose Fermoso here.
If a physically protected bikeway was provided on this street, like the two-way cycletrack already built on Lakeside Ave west of Lake Merritt (photo below), this crash could have been prevented. A protected bikeway was recommended in Oakland’s bike plan update in 2019, but there are no plans to build it until at least 2027 when the street is scheduled for repaving.
More media links:
- Oaklandside: https://oaklandside.org/2023/09/07/vigil-oakland-4-year-old-killed-lakeshore-bike-crash/
- ABC7: https://abc7news.com/girl-killed-bicycle-death-oakland-bike-accident-maia-correia/13746355/
- KTVU: https://www.ktvu.com/news/4-year-old-girl-dies-after-bike-accident-near-lake-merritt
Email or call these Oakland elected officials to let them know you support quick-build protected bikeway upgrades:
Mayor Sheng Thao
Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 2 Councilmember
Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large Councilmember
Lake merritt Cycletrack
A continuous, protected two-way cycletrack all the way around Lake Merritt is critical not only for local safety needs there, but also as an example to show the quality of all ages and abilities infrastructure that Oakland is capable of. Everyone from all corners of Oakland visits the lake, so enabling people to experience a safe, high quality facility here will inspire more support and advocacy for similar installations in more neighborhoods.
Above is a map showing the status of various cycletrack segments, color coded with green meaning completed, yellow meaning in the works, and red meaning recommended but in need of support to move them forward.
- Lakeside/Harrison Cycletrack: This project called “Lakeside Green Streets” opened in June 2019, and has been extremely popular. This is an example of the type of facility we want to see all around Lake Merritt. Info here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2019/measure-dd-at-work-lakeside-green-streets-project-grand-opening
IN THE WORKS
- Harrison/Grand Cycletrack: This project called “Lakeside Family Streets” received funding in 2017, and is now finally moving forward with construction estimated in 2024. It will extend the existing cycletrack and add a protected intersection at Harrison/Grand. Info here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/projects/lakeside-family-streets
- Lakeside Cycletrack Extension: This project includes an extension of the 2-way cycletrack along the lake, from 19th to 17th Street. To be delivered with paving by 2025. Info here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/projects/lake-merritt-bikeway
- Lake Merritt Blvd Cycletrack: This project includes an extension of the 2-way cycletrack along the lake, and a one-way protected bikeway on the far side of the street, from 14th to International. To be delivered with paving by 2025. Info here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/projects/lake-merritt-bikeway
IN THE WORKS, BUT AT RISK
- Grand Ave Bikeway: This project extends along Grand Ave from Broadway to Elwood, to be delivered with paving by 2025. It was originally proposed to include a wide, protected bikeway along Grand and an extension of the cycletrack along the lake, but has since been watered down to remove the cycletrack and narrow the bikeways, due to non-safety related concerns. Advocates are working to resolve these issues and save the cycletrack. Project info here: https://www.oaklandca.gov/projects/grand
Visit the Walk Oakland Bike Oakland page here to sign their petition and get involved with the campaign to save the cycletrack and improve bike/walk safety: https://wobo.org/grand-avenue/
RECOMMENDED, BUT NO PLAN YET
- Lakeside Bikeway: This cycletrack extension between 14th and 17th Streets was proposed by Oakland’s Department of Transportation, but was rejected by the fire department due to clearance concerns. Currently only a northbound, painted buffer bike lane is proposed for construction by 2025. An update to the fire code is underway to provide more design flexibility, via a partnership between city fire and transportation departments, but this project is not yet expected to be revisited.
- Bellevue Bikeway: Oakland’s 2019 bike plan only recommends a one-way painted bike lane on Bellevue Ave through Lakeside Park, but city staff have since identified it as a 2-way protected cycletrack opportunity. However there are no plans yet for implementation. Bike plan map here: https://cao-94612.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Downtown_Map.pdf
- Lakeshore Bikeway: Oakland’s 2019 bike plan recommends a protected bike lane on Lakeshore Ave, International to El Embarcadero, but there are no plans yet for implementation. A paving project is scheduled for 2027, but safety concerns can’t wait that long. Bike plan map here: https://cao-94612.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Downtown_Map.pdf
Here are some visualizations of what a cycletrack project on Lakeshore Ave could look like, within the existing road width. This includes cross sections both with and without a center turn lane.
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Thank you to Maia’s family members for reaching out and collaborating with us on this effort, to Pendarvis Harshaw for connecting us, to the members of the Oakland Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and to our friends and partners at Traffic Violence Rapid Response and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland for support and coordination.