Shaping a community-centered pedestrian and bike path through West Oakland
The West Oakland Link is a proposed 1.1-mile-long, elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway intended to safely connect West Oakland to the Bay Skyway/Bay Bridge Trail and the Port. Through an ongoing series of collaborative meetings, local outreach, and working directly with the agencies involved, WOEIP is ensuring that the West Oakland community plays a meaningful role in shaping this important transportation project in our neighborhood.
Throughout the project’s design and engineering phase now underway, WOEIP is hosting a series of Community Planning Sessions, and providing a feedback loop for West Oakland residents to engage directly with project planners and designers.
Our next community session will be in February 2024.
Review the designs
There are five key segments along the 1.1-mile path. Each location has its own set of complexities. You can explore the designs for each segment below.
Watch the latest community presentation
Community feedback ⇩
WOEIP and MTC are hosting a series of design sessions with the community to gather ideas and feedback that will inform the final design of the project. This ongoing process has surfaced some consistent themes that continue to evolve as the community weighs in.
Review early feedback (PDF)
A desire to minimize air pollution exposure from vehicle exhaust coming from the freeways and roads adjacent to the Link’s path.
Concerns about the safety of isolated areas, with calls for good lighting, visibility, and maintenance.
A call for effective signage and environmental design that aids wayfinding and spotlights the location’s unique history and circumstances.
Insistence that the path be accessible to those with mobility limitations.
Reminders that some West Oaklanders depend on auto transit through the area.
A desire to reduce noise pollution from adjacent roadways.
Tell us what you think
You can help shape the West Oakland Link, too!
About the West Oakland Link
Planning for the West Oakland Link began a decade ago, in an effort to create
a safe path for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between West Oakland’s residential
neighborhoods and the Bay Bridge Trail, Treasure Island, and downtown San
Francisco. The project is now in the design phase, with construction expected to be completed in 2025-2026.
Who is responsible for the project?
What is the project timeline?
Project planners work with the community to inform the design of the West Oakland Link pathway to get the designs to approximately 35% completion.
Community review and revised designs
Project planners share iterative designs based on community input, including explanation for what hasn’t been included and further community collaboration to bring the designs to approximately 65% completion.
Community reviews nearly-final designs, including critical features, and the proposed construction timeline.
Pre-construction community planning
Project planners share construction plans and explore construction’s impact on the community with residents.
Construction of the first segments of the Link begins.
Final construction is completed and West Oakland and other Bay Area pedestrians and cyclists now have fully expanded access to the Bay Trail and wider Bay Area.
How much will it cost and who is paying for it?
The projected $100 million project is supported by the Bay Area Toll Authority, Alameda County Transportation Commission, the City of Oakland, and Caltrans. $25 million in Federal, State, and local funds have been allocated for construction, and the project team is pursuing transportation grants from Federal, State, and local sources to cover the remaining $75 million of costs to fund construction fully.
What are the potential environmental impacts of the West Oakland Link?
According to project planners, “impacts would come primarily from construction, with recommended mitigations ranging from dust control to appropriate disposal of hazardous materials encountered during soil excavation.” Read MTC’s full impact analysis.
Can the funding for this project be spent on other things instead?
The money earmarked for the West Oakland Link is specifically allocated for infrastructure and transportation projects, and cannot be reallocated to other investments.
Who will be responsible for maintaining the path once it’s built?
Maintenance for the elevated portions of the Link will be funded by the Bay Area Toll Authority, and carried out by CalTrans. Ground-level portions of the trail require an alternative maintenance strategy, which is currently being developed by Bay Area Toll Authority staff.
Have other locations for the path been explored?
Early in the project’s planning days, several routes were explored. This route was selected by the community at the time, and includes land that is largely owned by CalTrans and the City of Oakland. The Seventh Street path will connect with the West Oakland Link via the Maritime Street path and will provide an alternative route for residents of West Oakland to use the Link.
Community engagement funding for this effort is provided by: