Telegraph in Temescal Will get its Makeover – Streetsblog San Francisco
After years of outreach and political fights between safe-streets advocates and retailers against lane reductions and lack of parking, Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue in Temescal, between 51st and MacArthur, now has protected bike lanes and improved intersections. That is along with the not too long ago upgraded protected bike lanes on lower Telegraph, within the KONO part.
This was a very long time coming. From Bike East Bay:
Over time as OakDOT has developed designs for repaving Telegraph, bike lanes have been at all times within the combine. Metropolis Council permitted bike lanes on Telegraph as a part of the 1999 and 2007 Bicycle Grasp Plans, and is proposing bike lanes on Telegraph within the Bicycle Plan replace. The Council unanimously permitted bike lanes on all the stretch of Telegraph as a part of the 2014 Telegraph Avenue Full Avenue Plan.
OakDOT piloted and proved low-cost protected intersections in a separate project around the Lake Merritt BART Station. This time they built-in this design with parking-protected bike lanes, rather than having right-turning motorists attempt to zipper with cyclists going straight in a merge zone.
Advocates appear proud of the brand new designs after years of arduous political work to inch this undertaking ahead. Right here’s a tweet from Bike East Bay’s Robert Prinz, delighted at seeing households biking by means of Temescal:
— Robert Prinz (@prinzrob) August 11, 2020
OakDOT additionally added these pavement therapies pictured under, bumps alongside an outer radius turn, to give inattentive motorists audible and tactile feedback if they’re taking a turn too sharply and getting close to the bollards, giving them a chance to adjust their turns:
The redesign additionally eradicated a car lane in every course and added extra seen crosswalks.
There’s extra to return. “The Temescal undertaking development is way from full, so it’s nonetheless hasty to say but what’s/isn’t working. Components on the best way this yr embody concrete bus boarding islands, the closure of Shattuck from Forty fifth-Forty sixth, added parking meters on facet streets, mid-block curb ramps to enhance parking accessibility, alternative of the on-street bike corrals, extra striping together with a crimson bus queue soar lane at 51st, and sign timing fixes,” wrote Prinz in an electronic mail to Streetsblog. “Further initiatives coming in 2021 may even improve the plaza on the south finish of Shattuck even additional, add flashing beacons on crosswalks alongside Telegraph and Shattuck, add connecting bike lanes and crosswalk upgrades on Claremont from Telegraph to Hudson, and full the Telegraph bikeway hole between W MacArthur and twenty ninth Avenue by way of buffered bike lanes.”
In fact, the pushback also continues, albeit a bit more sporadically, from merchants. Recently, there was a fresh call to remove the lanes from the KONO section. Nonetheless, as increasingly protected lane goes in and the information continues to return in confirming that this is a safer configuration, with demonstrably positive effects on merchants, it’s changing into much less politically tenable to speak about removing.
And, as Prinz identified, town has to fill within the lengthy hole of Telegraph between Temescal and the Kono, from twenty ninth to MacArthur, the place the road remains to be two lanes in every course of harmful, fast-paced site visitors. Under is the view simply south of MacArthur, the place cyclists are dumped again into fast-moving site visitors:
Have you ever ridden by means of Temescal not too long ago? Inform us what you assume. A couple of extra photographs under: