Status Update: In May 2019, the Transportation Commission approved the Otis Drive concept with three motor vehicle travel lanes and Class II bike lanes. In June 2019, the City Council approved this concept except with a Class IV parking protected bikeway by Rittler Park. On September 1, 2020, City staff is requesting City Council approval of a construction contractor as shown here.
The City has identified Otis Drive, between Westline Drive and Willow Street (1 mile), as a high priority for traffic safety improvements. The street is classified in the Transportation Element of the City of Alameda’s General Plan as an Island Arterial, which are streets intended to provide cross-island access for local intra-island trips through generally residential neighborhoods. It is also identified as a bicycle priority street and as a primary transit street, as the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) operates daily bus service in the corridor.
Otis Drive is 64 feet wide, curb to curb, and currently operates with two lanes in each direction, on-street parking along both curbs and no bike lanes. Safety concerns include excessive speeds, challenging crossings for pedestrians and a lack of bicycle facilities. The goals of the project include:
- Reducing driving speeds within the 25 miles per hour limit
- Improving safety for all users
- Adding bicycle facilities to connect to Wood School, the beach, Alameda Hospital and with existing bike lanes on Westline Drive and Grand Street
- Improving bus stops
- Improving streetscape, such as gateways and landscaping
- Reducing impacts of flooding/sea level rise
For project updates via email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also direct questions or concerns to Gail Payne, Senior Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 510-747-6892 or by email at email@example.com.