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Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project
The City of Oakland, in collaboration with the Alameda County Transportation Commission, is working to improve transportation safety and comfort on Telegraph Avenue between 20th Street and 57th Street for all modes of travel. The project builds on past planning efforts along Telegraph Avenue, including the 2005 Pedestrian Streetscape Improvement Project. The initial phase of the project will conclude in the summer of 2014, and will provide detailed concept drawings for the corridor that will allow the City to seek construction funding (e.g., grant money).
Telegraph Avenue is an important corridor in Oakland, providing a crucial link between downtown Oakland and downtown Berkeley for all modes:
- Transit riders - AC Transit serves Telegraph Avenue 24-hours a day through the 1, 1R and 800 (All-Nighter) lines. Buses arrive every 5-7 minutes in each direction during peak periods, with approximately 9,000 daily boardings between downtown Berkeley and downtown Oakland.
- Drivers - Telegraph Avenue is a Principal Arterial carrying between 1,000 and 2,000 peak hour vehicles, with higher volumes generally found at the northern end of the corridor.
- Bicyclists - Telegraph Avenue provides one of the only direct routes between downtown Oakland and several important destinations. Despite the lack of bike facilities, Telegraph Avenue is one of the most heavily traveled routes for cyclists, with over 1,200 daily cyclists.
- Pedestrians - Telegraph Avenue bisects several important pedestrian districts, including downtown Oakland, Uptown, Koreatown-Northgate and Temescal.
Despite its importance for non-motorized transportation, the current configuration of Telegraph Avenue disproportionately serves automobile traffic at the expense of other roadway users. For example, dedicated bike lanes do not run continuously along the corridor, and unsignalized crossings make it challenging for pedestrians to cross. From 2007-2011, 223 crashes resulted in injuries on Telegraph Avenue between 20th Street and 57th Street. Of these, 29% involved a bicyclist, 27% involved a pedestrian and four resulted in deaths (all of whom were motor vehicle drivers or passengers). Changes to the current design and configuration of Telegraph Avenue are needed to improve safety and balance the needs of all modes.
- Project Process and Schedule
- Project Materials
- How to Get Involved
- Background Materials
- Complete Streets Resources
- Contact Information
Project Process & Schedule
The project tasks include stakeholder interviews, data collection and analysis and public workshops that will result in concept drawings for Telegraph Avenue and a realistic implementation plan.
Key Project Activities (last updated February 10, 2014)
|Stakeholder Interviews and Feedback Survey||Interview representatives of neighborhood associations, advocacy groups and transportation related agencies and distribute online survey to stakeholders to understand concerns and opportunities||Completed January 2014|
|Data Collection & Analysis||Data includes: ||Completed December 2013|
|Develop Corridor Vision Statement||The vision will match both community goals and the City’s Complete Streets Policy||February 2014|
|Develop Corridor Options||Options will consider the following categories: ||March 2014|
|Develop Preferred Concept||Develop recommendation to address safety, comfort and operations of all modes along Telegraph Avenue||April-June 2014|
|Develop an Implementation Plan||Includes cost estimates, potential funding sources and a phasing plan||May-July 2014|
|Public Meetings||Public meetings will be held at two points during concept development: ||April 2014 (Meeting #1) and summer 2014 (Meeting #2)|
Existing Conditions Analysis:
Additional materials will be posted as they become available.
How to Get Involved
The City solicited public feedback through an online survey from December 2013-January 2014. Results will be posted soon.
The City will present draft concepts at a series of public meetings in April 2014 and the Final Corridor Concept in the summer of 2014. Dates and times of public meetings will be announced on this website. Please send an email to Jamie Parks if you would like to be added to the email list for project updates.
- Oakland Bicycle Master Plan
- Oakland Pedestrian Master Plan
- Telegraph Avenue Pedestrian Streetscape Improvements Project
- AC Transit East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project EIR
- Telegraph-Northgate Neighborhood Plan
- Line 1R Service and Reliability Study
Complete Streets Resources
For more information or questions, please contact:
Complete Streets Program Manager
Oakland Public Works Agency
Department of Engineering & Construction
(510) 238-6613 | firstname.lastname@example.org