Fix the unsafe bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue and save Oakland First Fridays!

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Ryan Tesluk
2 weeks ago
I’m an Oakland based artist whose studio is where Oakland first Friday’s used to be: if It can no longer operate I will struggle financially due to lack of sales and foot traffic from it. The proposal to add concrete barriers to Telegraph Avenue makes me wonder if the city of Oakland hates artists and any event where small business owners can make anything close to a living.

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Ali Tahsini
Dec 12, 2020
Thebbike lanes have negatively affected the utilization (load v capacity) of the roads and has created unsafe conditions with regular traffic blockages due to Bus Stops, Double Parked Vehicles, and Delivery Trucks that are essential to businesses that reside in the corridor. All these issues in the corridor to appease a segment that only passes thru the corridor.
Dangerous right turns, dangerous merges into traffic, a sub segment of bicyclists that believe they own the bike lanes indiscriminate of driveways, traffic signs, and pedestrian right of way.

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Alfred Barber
Dec 12, 2020
I can’t stand the raised concrete and unsightly cones. They are unsightly, dirty and cause a hazard. I ride a bike and these protected lanes are more dangerous than beneficiary. Plus it limits cleaning of the streets/gutters and trash accumulates between these concrete and ugly cones. It’s killing the local businesses and people are blocking the bike lanes with cars because there’s no access. Oakland doesn’t need to waist money on half-thought out ideas.

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Roberta Heintz
Dec 8, 2020
The bollards prevent right turns. People move to the right to make the turn, then have a bollard blocking them and have to merge back into on-going traffic to turn. leads to delay, frustration, and fender benders. Take them out.

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Nina Hufford
Dec 6, 2020
There is so much visual clutter that, as a driver, I find it hard to see pedestrians trying to cross at crosswalks. This is made worse by all the new outdoor restaurant seating. It has also made traffic much worse, even now when fewer people are commuting.

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Edward Wagner
Dec 5, 2020
As someone who frequently uses a bike to visit this area, the protected bike lanes are a well-intentioned idea, but they manage to make me feel less safe. It's harder to see (and be seen!) by cars, and now there's a risk of being doored on the right side of a vehicle, where passengers don't typically look before opening. Not to mention cars that just park in the protected lane, completely blocking it.

Props to the city for considering cyclists as part of the transportation plan, but now let's do it the right way.

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Marianne Smith
Dec 5, 2020
Protecting drivers and bikers is important. The present configuration is not working as intended, so please convene citizens and make necessary changes. Thanks .

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Skip Roache
Dec 5, 2020
It was better before, for a variety of reasons. This was a violation of: "If it works, don't fix it!"

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Valerie Abad
Dec 5, 2020
These lanes are just making it more dangerous for cars and bicycles....

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Lexine Alpert
Dec 5, 2020
Those of us who ride bikes don’t even understand the bike lanes on telegraph. We don’t even go on telegraph to avoid the traffic and use the side streets.