The Final Countdown: Telegraph Lanes to Council

Telegraph Avenue protected bike lane project in the Temescal barely survived Oakland Public Works Committee this week and now goes before a full Oakland City Council next Tuesday, December 11. Please come and show your support at City Hall, speak, and send your Oakland Councilmember an email of support. They need to hear from everyone.

After 20 years of effort, one of the East Bay’s most popular destinations to bike to could be safe and inviting. Let your Oakland City Councilmember know you support a “safe Telegraph for everyone,” then join your Bike East Bay staff and other supporters at Council on December 11.

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Talking Points

  • 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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