Report Back: Downtown Oakland Update

Kathryn Magee highlights updates at the April 17 meeting. Photo credit: Roger Rudick, Streetsblog SF

A lot is going on in Downtown Oakland and we thank the many attendees at our April 17, 2019 Downtown Oakland Bikeways meeting. Attendees gave feedback on what direction several major projects should take to improve your commute.

The Oakland Athletics updated attendees on their bike-friendly ideas for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal; the City of Alameda showed off a new bike bridge design for crossing the estuary, as well as a potential gondola from the Oakland Marriott Convention Center to College of Alameda; and OakDOT heard much feedback on proposed priority bike routes Downtown. 

Next steps include bike plan approval later this year, and final designs for the new ballpark. Related to the bigger vision, there are three projects in particular where we are looking for volunteers to help. Ideal volunteers live on or close to the one of the following street projects:

  • Oak Street two-way cycle track, from 3rd Street to 9th Street
  • 3rd Street and MLK Jr Way as new bikeways to the A’s ballpark
  • 7th Street through Chinatown, connecting West Oakland to Laney College

Interested in volunteering? Email our advocacy team

Additional nearby updates:

Caltrans has paused development of ramp replacement project at the MacArthur Maze, in part in response to Bike East Bay’s vocal concerns about your safety having to deal with increased car traffic on local streets such as San Pablo Avenue, W. Grand Avenue, Powell Street, 27th Street and more. Bike East Bay will continue to work with Caltrans to ensure a well-designed, safe project that actually improves your commute

San Pablo Avenue redesign has begun and your voice is needed for protected bike lanes on San Pablo Avenue along with dedicated bus lanes, from Oakland City Hall to Hilltop Mall. Take a survey or attend an upcoming community meeting:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
    • El Cerrito City Hall
    • 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    • Francis Albrier Community Center (at San Pablo Park)
    • 2800 Park Street, Berkeley

Speak up for better bike lanes and become a member today!