Install traffic calming treatments on high-speed streets throughout Oakland at intersections and corridors that pose safety risks.

  • Oakland stakeholder input and traffic analysis revealed problems with fast traffic between intersections along several corridors.
  • These include principal thoroughfares like Boulevard of the Allies and neighborhood streets like South Dithridge and North Dithridge that are attractive shortcuts for through traffic.
  • One-way street designations can be confusing in Oakland in some cases, and way-finding signage needs to be improved. Changes in traffic flow merit careful analysis on a case-by-case basis that considers traffic safety and other factors.
  • Community members identified the importance of traffic calming along commercial corridors such as South Craig Street, where fast traffic can drive many other users from the roadway into the sidewalk space, which increases mode conflicts among cyclists, pedestrians, and diners at sidewalk cafe spaces.
  • Traffic safety concerns have arisen at some locations due to limited visibility and sightlines occasioned by vehicles' illegal or improper use of curbside space.

Apply DOMI’s established Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program to efficiently remedy excessive traffic speeds on neighborhood streets in Oakland. Consider streets identified in the map above, as well as others for which neighborhood stakeholders submit requests. Apply specialized criteria and treatments as appropriate to streets like Boulevard of the Allies and portions of Bates that fall outside the criteria and purview of the established program. Improve pedestrian comfort and safety. Engage with local residents and stakeholders when pursuing traffic calming projects. See also the Pedestrian Safety Improvements strategy sheet, as some of its priority locations and strategies also address traffic calming priorities. Where recommended traffic calming corridors overlap street areas where pedestrian, bike, and/or other improvements are recommended, integrate design and implementation of traffic calming treatments with the other initiatives.

Any of the strategies described above could potentially be designed and installed within weeks or months if they avoid impact to curbs, parking, utilities, adjoining properties, or other context, and if they have broad support from area stakeholders. Implementation timeframes may be longer if additional stakeholder discussion or coordination must be completed first, and if the strategies entail relocation or reconstruction of curbs, utilities, or other elements.

The City is in the process of updating all of its lighting to LED. As part of public and private development projects, the City should review there is adequate lighting for all users' safety.

When to start:

When considering which locations to improve soonest, prioritize ones that meet the following criteria, defined by DOMI’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.

Eligibility prerequisites:

  • Street owned by City
  • Maximum two travel lanes if two-way street, or maximum one travel lane if one-way street
  • Street classified as local street, collector, or minor arterial
  • Roadway grade less than 13%

Prioritization – DOMI staff score requests based on these criteria as well as the DOMI Equity Index:

  • Speed (85th percentile speed at least 5 mph above posted speed)
  • Vehicle volume
  • Crash history
  • Pedestrian generators (places people frequently walk to or from, like parks, museums, and major residential and university buildings)
  • Presence of sidewalks

Where appropriate per the map and these criteria, incorporate traffic calming features on non-neighborhood streets. Boulevard of the Allies and portions of Bates that fall outside of the criteria above due to PennDOT ownership and/or width or slope differences warrant special analysis of traffic calming issues and potential solutions.

Timeframes to by street:

  • Bates Street: 0-2 years
  • Boulevard of the Allies: 0-2 years
  • Robinson Street: 0-2 years
  • Central Oakland Green Streets: 2-4 years
  • Other improvements: Ongoing

Duration: Several weeks to two years

Estimated costs: $-$$ (out of $$$$) depending on facility design

Project lead(s): DOMI

Project partner(s): PennDOT, OTMA, OPDC, OBID, neighborhood associations

Potential funding source(s): City Capital Budget, grants

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