Telegraph Avenue

Project

Overview

The project extends along Telegraph Avenue between 19th and 41st streets.

Why Were Changes Proposed

OakDOT wanted to slow down traffic and provide bike lanes so that more people would use bikes or walk. OakDOT stated that 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

The changes took place in multiple separate developments, each to try and fix problems not addressed before. These changes continue to be an ongoing process, as each change causes a new impact.

What Is The Result Of The Changes

As can be seen in the above image, the amount of vehicles and bikes on Telegraph Avenue is low. The paint all over the road is confusing, and the protected bike lanes are dangerous. A seen in the image below, buses need to move to the curb to collect passengers, which is dangerous, so more changes are being made, adding temporary pickup platforms beyond the curb, which then causes difficulties for elderly and disabled having to cross the bike lane to reach the platform.

The project is a money pit, without any significant gain in bike or pedestrian traffic. There has, however, been a significant decrease of more than 600 vehicles a day, yet OakDOT does not know, where they have gone, and cannot study this since they did not do holistic studies before the initial implementation.

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 Telegraph Avenue Road Diet

  

Dear Mayor Schaaf, Council members McElhaney, Kaplan

Telegraph Avenue is a nightmare following the road diet. I have learned about better alternatives from http://www.keepoaklandmoving.com/projects/telegraph-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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