It’s That Important: Measure BB Will Repave Half of Oakland’s Streets

October 30, 2014

Politics, Streets

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Oakland’s streets are in bad shape. And everyone uses them. Driving over pothole-ridden streets challenges your car’s suspension, people trip and fall on uneven sidewalks, riding AC Transit is often a jarring experience, and of course bicycling on Oakland’s worst streets is dangerous. Measure BB makes a serious $8 million/year down payment to getting our streets back into acceptable condition, to smooth your commute.

Measure BB specifically commits over $240 million for repairs over 30 years for Oakland, which will go a long way towards addressing Oakland’s $443 million backlog of pavement repairs. In fact, this critical funding over the next 5 years will repave 50 miles of additional streets, and 259 blocks of Oakland’s “worst streets.” Over the 30 year life of Measure BB, Oakland will repair 390 miles of roadways–over 48% of Oakland’s roadways. It’s that important!

Thanks to Oakland’s Complete Streets Policy, the paving program will incorporate green pavement markings and planned bike lanes accordingly into the routine striping that accompanies paving projects. This graphic shows the significant extent of roadways Measure BB can fix.

With Measure BB

Streets to get repaved with Measure BB include:

  • 2nd St in Jack London District

  • 35th Avenue in Central Oakland

  • San Pablo Avenue in north Oakland

  • Skyline Blvd in the East Oakland hills

  • Fruitvale Ave

  • Park Blvd in East Lake

  • Broadway north of Broadway Terrace and in downtown Oakland

  • MLK Jr Way in north Oakland

  • Market St

  • 98 Avenue

  • Bancroft Ave

  • MacArthur Blvd in many areas

  • 73rd Avenue

and many, many more, as shown on the map.

Preventative Maintenance is money well spent. Because pavement surfaces deteriorate over time due to repetition of vehicle traffic and rainwater penetration, a successful pavement program allocates funding on preventive maintenance treatments before significant pavement deterioration occurs, thus extending useful life of roads–an efficient use of your taxpayer money. Lack of preventative maintenance may require rehabilitation treatments costing up to 5 times as much. In the worst cases, failed pavement repairs cost up to 12 times as much.

In addition to significantly fixing Oakland’s streets, Measure BB provides critical funding to keep transit affordable and restore service to AC Transit bus lines cut over the past 10 years, to upgrade and expand BART, make major investments to walking and bicycling street improvements, and provides a youth bus pass program to get kids to school and give them a better education.

 Are you tired of BART train delays, waiting 60 minutes for a bus, or driving your kids to school every day because it’s not safe for them to walk? You are not the only one.  Every major progressive group in Alameda County has joined Bike East Bay in endorsing Measure BB because it addresses these concerns we all have. The League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Alameda County Taxpayers Association, United Seniors, Greenbelt Alliance, Transform and many other groups endorse a Yes vote on Measure BB.  For the full list of endorsements go to: www.yesonbb.org.

At Bike East Bay we see a future where everyone in the East Bay has easy access to safe, healthy and affordable transportation choices. We are working towards a future where good transit creates vibrant Oakland neighborhoods with more people walking and bicycling for their everyday trips.  We do this not only because we love lively neighborhoods full of people on foot and bike, but also because we know that getting more people out of cars benefits those who do need to drive, delivery trucks and emergency services.

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On November 4, 2014, Alameda County voters will have chance to vote for one of the most forward-thinking transportation initiatives in the country that will give residents of Alameda County good options to get out of traffic and  enjoy a healthy and economical commute, with streets and transit systems that work for, and are accessible to, all. And mind you Measure BB is about jobs, and is about good jobs, and good schools, and is about an economic investment in our cities that will attract more companies to locate in Alameda County, existing companies to stay and expand, and keep the Port of Oakland strong supporting the many local businesses that count on a modern, efficient and affordable transportation system.

Measure BB is so essential because state and federal funding is now less than half of our funding for transportation improvements, and these outside sources are decreasing rapidly. If we are going to fix our transportation system, we need to do this ourselves. Equally important, the Measure BB transportation plan ensures that all money raised stays in Alameda County–money audited and closely watched over by a powerful, independent volunteer watchdog committee, which Bike East Bay sits on, as does the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters.

Measure BB gets us out of traffic, and helps your commute in so many ways. That is why “Yes on BB” is vital on November 4, 2014.

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About Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell is the Advocacy Director of Bike East Bay lives near Lake Merritt and enjoys his BBQ smoker, in the Georgia tradition of his family.

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