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San Pablo Ave: Oakland-South Berkeley Planning & El Cerrito Construction

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: April 1, 2024

Isometric concept illustration of San Pablo Ave at 40th Street, showing a proposed protected bikeway and bus lanes

Last month marked the start of San Pablo Ave bikeway construction in El Cerrito, and this month we have a big planning update between Oakland and South Berkeley.

San Pablo Ave Protected Bikeway & Bus Lanes, Oakland to South Berkeley

Isometric concept illustration of San Pablo Ave at MLK Jr Way, showing a proposed protected bikeway and bus lanes

We are very excited that the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) is now ready to share concept plans and kick off community input around the proposed San Pablo Ave protected bikeway and bus lanes. This project extends 3.5-miles along San Pablo Ave north from 16th Street in Oakland, all the way through Emeryville, and past Ashby to Heinz Avenue in Berkeley.

Community input is critical to making this project a success, so here is how you can get involved:


Visit Alameda CTC’s project website and follow the “Community Feedback Tool” link to fill out a questionnaire, and to view and comment on block-by-block concept plans on an interactive map.

Click the blue “comment” button on their site, place the pin where you have a question/comment about the map, select the category, then complete your comment and click “submit”.

Screenshot of Alameda CTC mapping tool for community comments on the San Pablo Ave project in oakland

A key is provided below the map with descriptions of what each of the icons is in reference to. You can also scroll down toward the bottom of the project page for renderings of key intersections in a 3D isometric view.

Open Houses

Two open houses are scheduled this month in Oakland and Emeryville. Attend these sessions to review the concept plans, make comments, and ask questions of staff. Click the links below for complete details.

April 15, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Golden Gate Rec Center, Oakland
Event details here

April 17, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emeryville Center for Community Life
Event details here

Members of the project team are also available to present at neighborhood and community meetings or other gatherings. To request a presentation, please email [email protected] with your preferred date, time and location with “Presentation Request” in the subject line, or call 510-208-7490.

Pop Ups

Additional info sessions will be hosted by Alameda CTC staff at the following dates and locations. 

April 9, 2024
noon – 3:00 pm
Oakland Library: Golden Gate Branch
5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

April 14, 2024
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
West Oakland Farmers Market
1809 Peralta Street, Oakland

Stop by at any time during these pop-ups to engage project staff with your comments and questions

This protected bikeway project will continue design and seek funding through 2026, with construction hopefully underway shortly after that.

A separate “parallel bikeways” project is also in development to the east and west of San Pablo Ave from Berkeley to Albany. The parallel bikeways project is moving forward first, with the completion of final design expected in 2024-2025 and construction following.

Visit our Multimodal San Pablo Ave Campaign page to learn about these projects, and others.

project timelines chart for ACTC's San Pablo Ave protected bikeways and parallel bikeways projects

El Cerrito Breaks Ground on Their San Pablo Ave Protected Bikeway

Of all the major protected bikeway projects along the San Pablo Ave corridor from Oakland to Crockett, El Cerrito’s is the first to construction!

On March 6, 2024, we gathered with city staff and elected officials representing El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, BART, and other jurisdictions to celebrate the start of the city’s largest protected bikeway to date, but far from their last.

elected officials posing for a photo with golden shovels, at the El Cerrito San Pablo Ave bikeway groundbreaking

This exciting project includes the following features:

  • A new half-mile of protected bikeway on San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito by Del Norte BART, between Knott Ave and Potrero Ave
  • A protected bikeway connection on Cutting Blvd between I-80 and Key Blvd
  • Protected intersections at San Pablo Ave / Cutting Blvd and at San Pablo Ave / Eastshore / Hill
  • Concrete bus boarding islands with protected bike channels
  • New crosswalk median refuges, curb ramps, sidewalk extensions, and other pedestrian infrastructure features
  • New pavement, lighting, landscaping and street trees
Map of El Cerrito's San Pablo Ave Del Norte project area

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This article is part of our Multimodal San Pablo Ave campaign, providing info updates and organizing opportunities for corridor improvements all the way form Oakland to Crockett.

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