Grand Avenue

Project

Overview

Why Were Changes Proposed

OakDOT stated”the project will improve safety for all road users”, project page here and there would be minimal impact on vehicle travel times, and the same capacity could be expected as before, vehicles would not divert to other streets to avoid the road-diet.

What Changes Were Made

  • Restriping took place as part of repaving, community outreach was poor, many members of the community found out only after the project work began.

What Is The Result Of The Changes

  • Traffic diverted to neighborhood streets
  • School crossing points were made more dangerous due to vehicles diverting
  • Grand Avenue experience serious congestion during peak-hours
  • Impatient drivers were seen undercutting (driving in bike-lane) to overtake slower vehicles
  • Delivery trucks parked in center turn lanes since no other parking available
  • Largely vacant bike lanes since bike traffic did not increase

Are There Better Options?

Yes – holistic options that consider the safety of all road users – car, bike, and pedestrians, including consideration of current demand, projected future demands, and impact of surrounding neighborhoods.

Who to Contact

Who To Contact

The list below provides the important contact information for your Mayor and city council. You can also Sign Our Petition which will automatically send an email to each of them.

Contact City Council and Administrators

Is there a problem with this project, and you want to make it right? The best way for your opinion to count is to be vocal, and contact the Mayor and your council person. Use our petition below to send email, and call to vocalize your concerns, the contact information is below. If you don’t say something, your opinion won’t matter.

If you don’t know your council district look here

Who to Contact

Libby Schaaf : Mayor

Libby Schaaf

Mayor

Email: officeofthemayor@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-3141
Dan Kalb : Council District 1

Dan Kalb

Council District 1

Email: dkalb@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7001
Abel J. Guillén : Council District 2

Abel J. Guillén

Council District 2

Email: aguillen@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7002
Lynette Gibson McElhaney : Council District 3

Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Council District 3

Email: BCook@Oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7003
Annie Campbell Washington : Council District 4

Annie Campbell Washington

Council District 4

Email: ACampbellWashington@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7004
Noel Gallo : Council District 5

Noel Gallo

Council District 5

Email: Ngallo@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7005
Desley Brooks : Council District 6

Desley Brooks

Council District 6

Email: dbrooks@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7006
Larry Reid : Council District 7

Larry Reid

Council District 7

Email: lreid@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7007
Rebecca Kaplan : Councilmember At Large

Rebecca Kaplan

Councilmember At Large

Email: atlarge@oaklandnet.com
Phone: 510-238-7008

 

 

Sign our Petition

Petition

Complete the petition below, to automatically send an email to the mayor and council members, to let them know you are not satisfied with this project proposal. You may also wish to  Contact the Mayor and council members by telephone for maximum effectiveness.

Remove Grand Avenue Road Diet

  

Dear Mayor Schaaf, Council member Guillen, Kaplan

Grand Avenue is a nightmare following the road diet. I have learned about better alternatives from http://www.keepoaklandmoving.com/projects/grand-avenue/, and request that this project is revisited,

Many road diets are being removed across the country because they don't work, and actually, increase incidents, not lessen them.

No road diet should be implemented without describing:

1. What the actual problems are
2. How the proposed solution will address each problem identified
3. How the proposed solution will not impact neighborhoods in the proximity of the site
4. Example and longitudinal studies of other sites where these changes have been made, and supporting evidence of success.

I live, work and play in Oakland, and do not support you compromising my safety,

Regards,

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