Longest 'Complete Street' Proposed in Oakland

Long-held plans to build a bus rapid transit system connecting Oakland with nearby cities may also result in the creation of what some are calling the longest "complete street" in the state.

"Next week, Oakland will hold the first of six public meetings on its plan to implement Bus Rapid Transit on Telegraph Avenue and International Blvd. The plan proposes creating what may be California's longest complete street, with bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian improvements across Oakland's portion of the entire 17-mile route.

Oakland planners are using BRT as an opportunity to accomplish livability improvements that are currently stymied by Council inattention, resources, and legal barriers."

To create these street changes, parking lanes will be removed from the streets in question, leading some locals to oppose the idea.

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Oakland BRT And Parking Lanes

"To create these street changes, parking lanes will be removed from the streets in question, leading some locals to oppose the idea."

That is an exaggeration. Parking will be removed in some locations, where it is necessary to create a left-turn pocket.

Entire parking lanes will not be removed. They are planning to convert a mixed traffic lane to an exclusive bus lane - not to convert parking lanes. Of course, some locals also oppose loss of a traffic lane.

Charles Siegel

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