A Crew is Fixing Oakland’s Channel Bike Path

Well whaddya know

Oakland Public Works busy cleaning up the channel path. Thank you! Let's hope this little blue tricycle will go back to its owner or to a child in need. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick
Oakland Public Works busy cleaning up the channel path. Thank you! Let's hope this little blue tricycle will go back to its owner or to a child in need. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

Just a very short post to kick off the MLK weekend. I happened to be riding on an errand to Lake Merritt from Jack London and noticed a Public Works crew on its way into the channel bike and ped path. I followed them down it and, sure enough, they got an order to clean it up and fix it!

On Wednesday, Streetsblog published Oakland’s Saddest Bike Path, about the decay on the path that joins Lake Merritt to Jack London. Between that and the steady pressure from Bike East Bay, it looks as though the City of Oakland is responding.

Streetsblog spoke with the Public Works crew as they were collecting trash and other debris. They were also surveying the flooded and damaged areas to assess how much work needs to be done. They promised a paving crew will follow.

They’re going to have their work cut out for them. The underpass for 7th Street has gotten so bad it’s now completely submerged.

The crew, after the collected some of the trash, stopped to access the ponding/draingage problems. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick
The crew, after they collected some of the trash, stopped to assess the drainage problems. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

Regardless, it was nice to thank the Public Works crew in person for doing this hard work.

Thanks again! And thanks to all who called in to the city to get this moving.

  • p_chazz

    So, your whinging paid off! Good for you!

  • ekoontz

    Thank you for covering this! I bike or scoot this quite often and I see many others that do too .. appreciate any improvements..

  • Steep Ravine

    Thank you, powers that be! This includes media and citizens making observations, and actually reporting on them so public works can do their job. We don’t have enough eyes on the ground all over the bay area, so it’s up to The People to pitch in at every level. Much appreciated!

  • Aaaab1

    The 7st tunnel is always flooded during high tide. Always! Not much that OPW can do about it besides removing the junk that collects there. So if you notice the water level in the estuary is high don’t use it or get wet feet like I did the last time I biked through it when flooded.

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