OAKLAND, DECEMBER 16: This morning, Oaklanders celebrated the construction of over 18 miles of bicycle infrastructure and hundreds of bike racks throughout Oakland in 2011. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City officials, business leaders and bicyclists attended a press conference on Webster Street near Broadway in Uptown, outside of two popular restaurants and a bicycle shop.
“Oakland is proud to invest in better bicycling,” said Mayor Jean Quan. “We are seeing cutting edge companies like Sungevity choose to locate in Oakland because their employees value being able to bike to work. These 18 miles of new bikeways help make Oakland a great place to live, work, and shop and are another reason Oakland continues to gain recognition for being a top bike friendly city.”
“Oakland’s expanding bike infrastructure is helping us to attract young, hip, and smart people. We see this as an important element in promoting Oakland as a vibrant place to live.” said Council Member Libby Schaaf (District 4, Montclair - Laurel).
“With the 18 miles of bikeways completed this year Oakland is on it’s way to becoming one of the most bike friendly cities in the country, said Renee Rivera, executive director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. “We are seeing more people everyday choose biking as a safe, healthy, affordable way to get to work, school and errands throughout the East Bay.”
“The bike lanes installed this year go a long way to fulfilling WOBO’s goal of connecting Oakland’s neighborhoods with safe, reliable and affordable transportation options. Bicycling is fun, it’s healthy, and people want to do it. Despite the budget and other challenges, the City is moving forward quickly to build the network and we applaud them for that,” said Gloria Bruce of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. “Safe biking makes a big difference in people’s lives.”
“The Downtown and Uptown-Lake Merritt Community Benefit Districts are happy to support Oakland’s strong efforts to make bicycling - which is already very popular - safer and better. These new bike lanes on Franklin and Webster help connect downtown to Uptown and Jack London Square, and that will bring customers to downtown stores and restaurants, and give businesses more ways for their employees to get to work,” said Steve Snider, District Manager of the Downtown and Lake Merritt-Uptown Business Improvement Districts.
Oakland Public Works Director Vitaly Troyan and Jason Overman, staff to Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan, also spoke at the press conference adjacent to freshly-painted bike lanes.
New bike lanes and shared-lane markings were installed this year on segments of the following streets: Fruitvale Ave, Foothill Blvd, MacArthur Blvd, E 12th St, W Grand Ave, Park Blvd, 27th St/Bay Place, 38th Ave, Telegraph Ave, Lakeshore Ave, Webster St, Franklin St, 14th Ave, and 2nd St. Bicycle wayfinding signage was installed on 8 miles of streets including Fruitvale Ave, Shafter Ave, and E 12th St.
The Safe Routes to Transit regional program recently awarded a substantial grant to the City of Oakland to construct a valet bike parking station near the 19th St BART station in Uptown. In addition, racks for 292 bicycles were installed by the City of Oakland in 2011, primarily in response to requests from businesses and residents. The 2010 Census shows that Oakland has the 7th-highest rate of bicycling of large and mid-sized cities. For its efforts in making bicycling safer and more convenient, Oakland is recognized as a Bronze-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
Thanks to our friends at Bay Area Bikes for hosting us in front of their Webster Street shop, and to Whole Foods Oakland for providing snacks snacks and to The Bicycle Coffee Company for the great pedal-powered coffee.
Click here to download a pdf map of Oakland Bikeways completed in 2011.
Oakland Bikeway projects completed in 2011
- New bikeways on:
Santa Clara Ave
E 12th St
W Grand Ave
Santa Clara Ave
27th St/Bay Pl
- New signage on:
E 12th St
- 2011 Totals:
Total Bikeway Project Miles: 18.1
Miles of Roadway Striping: 10.2
Miles of Wayfinding Signage: 7.9
Miles of New Bikeway: 9.4
Miles of Upgraded Bikeway: 8.7