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Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Implementation Plan
- Project Overview
- Project Recommendations
- Project Status
- Purpose Statement
- Planning and Community Involvement
- Project Materials
- Background Materials
- Complete Streets Resources
- Contact Information
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.
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.
The project builds on past planning efforts along Telegraph Avenue, including the 2005 Pedestrian Streetscape Improvement Project. The initial planning phase of the project concluded in December 2014, and the first phase of implementation is scheduled for 2015.
Your voter-approved transportation dollars funded this project!
The recommended project will improve safety for all modes of travel on Telegraph Avenue through a combination of treatments that include bicycle lanes, new and improved pedestrian crossings, relocated bus stops, additional turn lanes, and traffic signal upgrades.
The following summarizes the key Plan recommendations:
- Remove 1 travel lane on Telegraph Avenue in each direction between 19th Street and 41st Street to allow for the installation of bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements.
- Install parking-protected bicycle lanes (also known as “cycle tracks”) between 20th Street and 29th Street, using low-cost and interim materials (e.g., paint, striping, colored pavement, flex posts).
- Install buffered bicycle lanes between 29th Street and 41st Street, using low-cost and interim materials (e.g., paint, striping, colored pavement, flex posts).
- Install pedestrian improvements (e.g., median refuge islands, ladder crosswalks, curb extensions) using low-cost, interim materials.
- Reconfigure on-street parking, parking meters, and loading zones as needed to implement the proposed design, include potential designation of time-of-day loading zones.
- Relocate and consolidate bus stops to far-side locations to improve efficiency of bus transit operations.
- Construct permanent transit boarding islands at transit stops as funding is available.
- Prohibit on-street parking between 55th Street and Aileen Street under SR24 to connect existing Telegraph Avenue bicycle lanes to 55th Street and Shattuck Avenue bicycle routes.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of Phase 1 improvements to allow the City to seek funding for future capital improvements on Telegraph Avenue from 20th Street to 57th Street (e.g., curb relocations, stormwater management treatments).
- Seek funding for more focused design studies and community outreach on how best to reconfigure the street between 41st Street and 55th Street to become a complete street, including reconfiguration of the Telegraph Avenue/Shattuck Avenue intersection.
Now that the paving work on Telegraph Avenue is complete, work will soon begin on the road realignment that will make the Avenue safer for everyone. Next, workers will paint new lane lines, new crosswalks will be painted and parking spaces will move from the curb to make way for Oakland’s first “protected bikeway”. The final alignment will have two bike lanes, two parking lanes, two lanes for through traffic and one two-way left-turn lane. Areas where bikes and vehicles share space will be specially treated. Parkers will use the parking meters adjacent to each designated parking space.
In the future, further improvements will be made as additional funding becomes available.
The Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Implementation Plan will design Telegraph Avenue to be a better street for walking, bicycling, riding transit, and driving between 20th and the Berkeley border, with a focus on the area south of 57th Street. In its current state, Telegraph Avenue has safety challenges for all users, including speeding, a lack of space for bicyclists, inadequately-sized bus stops, difficult pedestrian crossings, and public safety concerns.
A redesign of Telegraph Avenue must improve the safety and accessibility of all modes, make the street more comfortable and enjoyable for walking and bicycling, and balance the needs and convenience of all users. The project will consider not only through-travel but also access to the businesses, restaurants, and gathering spaces that make Telegraph Avenue a great destination.
The Complete Streets Implementation Plan will use an extensive outreach process including surveys, stakeholder interviews, and public meetings to create a design that meets the community’s needs. When completed in late 2014, the Plan will provide a long-term design concept for the corridor, as well as a funding and phasing plan with near-term action items that the City can pursue immediately.
Planning Process and Community Involvement
The planning tasks included stakeholder interviews, data collection and analysis and public workshops to develop concept drawings for Telegraph Avenue and a realistic implementation plan. Community involvement activities included:
- The City solicited public feedback through an online survey from December 2013-January 2014.
- The City of Oakland presented draft Telegraph Avenue design options for feedback at three public open houses in late April and early May.
- The City of Oakland presented draft recommendations for Telegraph Avenue at two public hearings in September 2014.
- The Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission adopted the Plan recommendations in October 2014.
- Oakland City Council adopted the Plan recommendations in December 2014.
Key Planning Activities (last updated November July 8, 2015)
|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 Project Purpose Statement||The purpose will match both community goals and the City’s Complete Streets Policy||Completed March 2014|
|Develop Corridor Options||Options will consider the following categories: ||Completed April 2014|
|Develop Preferred Concept||Develop recommendation to address safety, comfort and operations of all modes along Telegraph Avenue||Completed November 2014|
|Develop an Implementation Plan||Includes cost estimates, potential funding sources and a phasing plan||Completed November 2014|
|Public Meetings||Public meetings will be held at two points during concept development: |
Meeting #1: August 2014
Meeting #2: September 2014
|Final Plan Adoption|
Develop recommendations for adoption by Oakland City Council
|Completed December 2014|
Existing Conditions Analysis:
Stakeholder Outreach and Public Survey Report:
Temescal Shopper Survey
Roadway Design Options Report
Design Options Open House Meeting Materials
- Overview presentation
- Station #1: Project Overview
- Station #2: Existing Conditions
- Station #3: Survey and Stakeholder Feedback
- Station #4: Roadway Design Options
- Station #5: Parking and Loading
- Station #6: Transit Improvements
- Station #7: Pedestrian Crossings
- Station #8: Next Steps
Draft Plan Public Hearing Meeting Materials
Telegraph Avenue Complete Street Final Plan
- Final Plan
- Appendix A: Illustrative Plan View Drawings (Entire Corridor)
- Appendix B: Supplemental Technical Analysis
- Appendix C: Summary of Public Comments on Design Options
City Council Adoption Documents
- 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
- Oakland Complete Streets Resolution and Policy
- Learn about the benefits of Complete Streets
- Complete Streets in Alameda County
- Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets--New York City DOT analysis of sales tax revenue before and after complete street projects
For more information or questions, please contact:
Transportation Planning and Funding Manager
Oakland Public Works Department
Bureau of Engineering & Construction
(510) 238-6229 | firstname.lastname@example.org