MLK Road Diet

Anyone who has attempted to cross Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 56th to 61st Streets knows it can be a harrowing experience. Motorists refuse to yield the way to pedestrians and bicyclists. Our most vulnerable neighbors are at risk everyday, i.e., our seniors, our children and families with baby strollers.

California Vehicle Code Section 21950(a) provides that a driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, …

In light of this continuing danger, in November 2015, we requested a traffic engineering report to extend along MLK, Jr. Way from 52nd Street to Stanford. We are working with Captain Darren Allison of the Oakland Police Department and with our Beat 10Y NCPC Neighborhood Services Coordinator Felicia Verdin.

Meanwhile, early next year, we will schedule a community public safety charette to identify all dangerous streets in Santa Fe and brainstorm on ways to make them safe.

Our goal is to make the Santa Fe neighborhood a safe place to walk.

For more information, please contact Cathy Leonard at