Over a decade in the making, starting back when we were called the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary Project (LAMMPS Project) finally breaks ground April 19 on Phase 1. Join representatives from Mills College, Maxwell Park, District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell-Washington’s office, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and Bike East Bay to celebrate a milestone in a much-needed neighborhood traffic safety project.
What: Ground breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of LAMMPS
Where: High Street & MacArthur Blvd
When: Thursday, April 19, 1:00-2:30pm
More info: OakDOT LAMMPS Project Website
Phase 1 improvements include upgraded buffered bike lanes, a new multi-use pathway, hundreds of new trees planted and re-engineered intersections on MacArthur Blvd to get you safely between High Street and the main entrance to Mills College at Richards Road. The project will not only help complete a key bike route in Oakland and improve safety overall, but will encourage more Mills College students, staff and faculty to visit the Laurel business district. Phase 2 improvements are also funded and will happen in 2020 extending the pathway and street improvements south to Seminary Avenue.
Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland successfully lobbied Oakland in 2011 to get started early on safety improvements on MacArthur Blvd as part of a scheduled repaving project. As a result of our efforts, in 2014 residents and Mills College students could enjoy buffered bike lanes for most of the length of the LAMMPS Project. By 2020, they will enjoy a completely redesigned street, once an angry high-speed freeway adjunct converted to a traffic calmed, people-friendly neighborhood amenity.