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Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Implementation Plan
- Project Overview
- Purpose Statement
- Project Process and Schedule
- Project Materials
- How to Get Involved
- 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. 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 fall 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.
Your voter-approved transportation dollars funded this project!
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.
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 August 7, 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 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||April-August 2014|
|Develop an Implementation Plan||Includes cost estimates, potential funding sources and a phasing plan||May-August 2014|
|Public Meetings||Public meetings will be held at two points during concept development: |
Meeting #1: May-August 2014
Meeting #2: September 11 and 13, 2014
Existing Conditions Analysis:
Stakeholder Outreach and Public Survey Report:
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
Additional materials will be posted as they become available.
How to Get Involved
- Open House #1; Thursday, September 11, 6-8 pm (Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Avenue)
- Open House #2; Saturday, September 13, 10 am-12 pm. (Gogi Time Banquet Room, 2600 Telegraph Avenue)
- Oakland Access Compliance Advisory Committee; Wednesday, September 17, 10 am- 12 pm (Oakland City Hall Hearing Room 3)
- Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission; Thursday, September 18, 5:30-7:30 pm (Oakland City Hall, Sgt. Daniel Sakai Hearing Room)
Meeting materials will be posted on this website in advance of these meetings for public review. Download the flyer for the Open Houses (PDF).
Previous public involvement opportunities included:
- The City solicited public feedback through an online survey from December 2013-January 2014. Survey results are posted in the Project Materials section.
- The City of Oakland presented draft Telegraph Avenue design options for feedback at three public open houses in late April and early May (download meetings flyer). Open house materials are posted in the Project Materials section.
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
- 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:
Complete Streets Program Manager
Oakland Public Works Department
Bureau of Engineering & Construction
(510) 238-6613 | email@example.com