Friday, December 14 update here.
Telegraph Avenue protected bike lane project in the Temescal barely survived Oakland Public Works Committee this week and now to full Oakland City Council December 11, but did not get heard due to a super long agenda. Telegraph Avenue has been continued to Friday, December 14, 11:00am, but probably won’t come up until after 12noon. Please come and show your support at City Hall if you can, speak, and send your Oakland Councilmember an email of support. They need to hear from everyone.
Join us at City Hall:
- When: Friday December 14, 11:00AM
- Where: 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland CA, 94612
- Timing: Agenda item S15, towards the end. Join us before at Cafe Van Kleef while we await the agenda item.
- Sign Up to Speak
Contact Your Councilmember:
- District 1 Dan Kalb: email@example.com [North Oakland and represents Temescal]
- District 2 Abel Guillen: firstname.lastname@example.org [Chinatown, East Lake]
- District 3 Lynette Gibson McElhaney: email@example.com [West Oakland, Downtown]
- District 4 Annie Campbell-Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org [Oakland Hills, Maxwell Park]
- District 5 Noel Gallo: email@example.com [Fruitvale]
- District 6 Desley Brooks: firstname.lastname@example.org [Havenscourt, Central East Oakland]
- District 7 Larry Reid: email@example.com [Elmhurst, Castlemont, Deep East Oakland]
- At-Large Rebecca Kaplan: firstname.lastname@example.org [entire Town]
- Protected bike lanes are the best design for safe bicycling on Telegraph
- Safety is paramount when repaving Telegraph, a high-injury corridor
- Streets redesigned for walking and bicycling are good for business
- The Temescal Business Improvement District voted three times to support this project
- Thank you for approving bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue in 1999, 2007 and 2014. Please reaffirm this decision again on December 11
Tips: When emailing your council member, include your connection to Telegraph Avenue. For example: I bike Telegraph, I walk Telegraph, I live on or near Telegraph.
The Repair Telegraph Project
Koreatown-Northgate (KONO) District
Up until a year ago, Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s strategy was to first complete the build out of protected bike lanes in KONO District, then turn our attention to Temescal. The protected bike lanes in KONO are a work-in-progress, and Oakland received a $4.5 million state grant to upgrade Telegraph in KONO with permanent curbs, bus boarding islands, and other safety improvements. Those improvements are scheduled for 2020, and once complete, will improve parking compliance, create more efficient transit operations, increase numbers of people safely walking and bicycling, and allow local businesses to enjoy even more customers. A year after KONO’s protected bike lanes went in (in 2016), sales in the District rose 9%.
Earlier this year, the Temescal District successfully convinced the Oakland Department of Transportation to commit to repaving Telegraph to 52nd street in 2019. Crosswalks and necessary safety improvements are included. The Oakland Department of Transportation has committed to putting a bike lane on Telegraph Ave., and we want to make sure the city considers the safety of all users in the design of this street. Two bike lane designs have been developed for this section: 1) protected bike lanes, and 2) buffered bike lanes. A survey conducted by the department reveals 80% of respondents want protected bike lanes, shown above. Both designs include repurposing one vehicle travel lane in each direction into a bike lane. Parking lanes remain, but 20%-28% of on-street parking is removed to improve pedestrian safety, with commercial loading zones added. Immediate spaces alongside streets will have metered parking where there are businesses, adding 109 metered spaces to the Telegraph corridor.
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