5/7/20: City of Oakland Announces Next Locations for Slow Streets Installations, Continues to Address Oaklanders’ COVID-19 Transportation Needs

Posted: May 7th, 2020 5:09 PM

Last Updated: May 8th, 2020 10:48 AM

An additional 5 miles of Slow Streets soft closures coming to Oakland streets Friday

City releases Survey Results Dashboard and launches new interactive map to invite Oaklanders to shape the future of the program

Oakland, CA – The City of Oakland announced today an additional five miles of streets to receive soft closures under the Oakland Slow Streets program. On Friday, May 8 these streets will receive barriers, cones and signage indicating they are closed to through traffic to support additional room for physical distancing under the Alameda Counter shelter-in-place order, resulting in 20 miles of soft closures across the city in just five weeks. Upcoming streets include:

  • E 23rd St / 26th Ave / 25th Ave / E 29th St / Sheffield Ave (Fruitvale Ave to MacArthur Blvd)
  • Shafter Ave / 48th St / Webster St (Forest St to W MacArthur Blvd)
  • Tiffin Rd / Potomac St / Laguna Ave / Carmel St / Coolidge Ave / Morgan Ave / Maple Ave / Wisconsin St / Patterson Ave / Bayo St / Steele St (Lyman Rd to Buell St)

A map of all Oakland Slow Streets installations is available on the program webpage, www.staging.oaklandca.gov/projects/oakland-slow-streets.

The City launched this program on April 10 to support physical distancing for essential travel on foot, wheelchair, and bicycle. With 20 miles of soft closures on 18 routes throughout the City, we’re continuing to invite the public to inform the future of this program and additional transportation programs and have launched a new easy-to-use interactive method:

As noted previously, while the program overall continues to receive overwhelming support among survey respondents, those responding to surveys are more likely to be White, have high incomes and live in North Oakland. Data from Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard indicates that East Oaklanders and people of color are more likely to suffer harm from this pandemic. Oakland Slow Streets staff developed the Survey Results Dashboard to provide transparency and accountability, and to support the ongoing work by the City and its community partners to seek participation and input from underrepresented Oaklanders.

City staff have been hearing concerns focused on traffic safety and speeding, particularly in East Oakland, and are working on developing new strategies that address these pressing concerns to meet the transportation needs of our most vulnerable residents. The City is committed to iterating COVID-19-related transportation solutions quickly and nimbly to ensure we’re supporting residents during these challenging times -- the City will be providing additional updates regarding next steps.

Oakland Slow Streets is intended to promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet by creating new low-traffic, low speed streets to allow residents to safely pass one another. Social gatherings on these streets are prohibited. The Alameda County Public Health Department recommends that residents wear face masks while in public. All users over 12 years old should wear or carry face masks and use them when within 6 feet of others, even when walking, jogging and bicycling. The City of Oakland will continue to monitor CDC guidance on outdoor recreation, transportation, and physical distancing, and will adjust this program as needed.

To provide general feedback about how this program can best serve your neighborhood, please contact OAK311 by dialing 311 or 510-615-5566, e-mailing OAK311@staging.oaklandca.gov, going online to 311.staging.oaklandca.gov, or using the free OAK311 mobile app for Apple and Android devices. You can also post on social media using the #OaklandSlowStreets hashtag.

For additional program information and the interactive location map, please visit: https://www.staging.oaklandca.gov/projects/oakland-slow-streets

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