Oakland continues to have tremendous success in winning grant money for complete streets projects. Following nine million in grant awards from the Active Transportation Program (ATP) for redesigns of Telegraph Avenue and 20th Street, Oakland was recently awarded $4.7 million in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for four traffic calming projects:
• Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project ($1.35M) – Additional funding for complete streets improvements including buffered bike lanes and pedestrian safety upgrades
• Market Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Enhancements ($1.43M) – Close bike lane gaps in West Oakland and install crosswalk improvements, raised medians, and bulb-outs
• Shattuck Avenue & Claremont Avenue Traffic Calming – Install road diet for two blocks on Claremont Avenue, pedestrian safety improvements along Shattuck Avenue at several locations in Temescal
• Downtown Traffic Signal Upgrades for Pedestrians – Add pedestrian countdown signals and accessible signals at ten locations across Downtown Oakland
Several other Bay Area cities received HSIP grants (complete list here). For example, San Francisco received $3.7 million to retime 345 traffic signals, San Jose received $2.5 million for pedestrian safety improvements along McLaughlin Avenue, and Contra Costa and Marin Counties received several grants to improve rural roadway safety. Oakland, however, was one of the biggest winners in the entire state, both in number of projects and amount awarded.