With the support of Advocacy Advance and REI, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland takes Grand Avenue neighbors, businesses and community leaders through a road diet.
Grand Avenue near Lake Merritt was destined for a SHARROW treatment. What's a sharrow? It's a marking on the pavement to request that automobiles "share" the road" with bicyclists.
Sharrows are also accompanied by "Share the Road" signs, in case you're like the 99% of the public out there that doesn't understand what the pavement marking means.
But Grand Avenue, like many roads in Oakland are "fat," over-capacity - unnecessarily overbuilt for the amount of traffic that flows through, too wide to encourage calm traffic, and too wide to cross safely.
Could a road diet work on Grand. Heck yeah!
So Grand Avenue was studied through and through, and very smart people concluded that it technically had more than enough capacity to bring automobiles through on fewer lanes than the current 4-lanes, and plenty of space for a bike lane.
WOBO set out to get folks excited about finding solutions for A Better Grand Avenue
Lots of cities, like Bridgeport CA, around the US are trying out better ways to design roads so cars looking for parking and pulling out of parking spaces don't endanger bicyclists. And walking across the street no longer means risking your life. Plus, businesses on improved streets seem to enjoy increased foot traffic because it got so darn pleasant to walk in the area.
But not just in far flung cities. How about next door, in SF?
And Alameda buffers bicyclists with planted medians.
So we asked people what their favorite ideas would be to build A Better Grand Avenue.
And community meetings took place.