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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the City decide which streets to designate as bikeways?
The City’s Bicycle Master Plan designates a Proposed Bikeway Network with improvements to specific streets.
How can I get a free bikeways map?
The City provides the free map to all Oakland bike shops and distributes them on Bike to Work Day (second Thursday in May) to bicyclists at energizer stations throughout Oakland.
Where can I learn about the City’s progress implementing the Bicycle Master Plan?
The City publishes a newsletter twice a year that documents progress implementing the bike plan. To be added to our list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know that I have sidewalk damage?
The City recommends you inspect your sidewalk from time to time for possible vertical offsets on the sidewalk.
Am I responsible for repairing sidewalk damage in front of my property?
State Law and local ordinances hold the property owner of the fronting property responsible for sidewalk maintenance and repair.
What is considered sidewalk damage?
Any crack or vertical offset more than ¼ inch.
What are some of the possible causes of damages to the sidewalk?
Old age, Tree roots, utilities boxes, underground utilities
How can sidewalk damage be corrected?
Sidewalk damage can be repaired by grinding or replacement to the nearest score line in the concrete.
What happens if I do not repair my sidewalk damage?
You expose yourself to liability from trip and fall claims. The City may perform the work and lien your property.
Does the City have a program available to do the work?
Yes, Oakland has a sidewalk program. Please call (510) 238-6257 for more information.
How do I know when sidewalk repair will be done in my neighborhood?
The City will send notices to property owners before sidewalk contracts start in the area. If you have any questions, please call (510) 238-3651 if you have any questions.