Thornhill Community Corridor

Montclair Action Team is convening an alliance of active, community-oriented businesses, churches, schools, groups, and residents in the Thornhill Drive and Merriwood neighborhood. We want to advocate for solutions that will make the Thornhill Drive corridor and nearby streets safer, more accessible, and more community oriented for all.

Institutional Supporters

  • Taps and Takeout

  • Thornhill Elementary Parent Faculty Club (PFC)

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

  • Montclair Presbyterian Church

  • Merriewood Action Committee

Thornhill Community Corridor (TCC) - Our Mission

The TCC was formed in August 2022 by a group of concerned residents and local institutions in the community. We believe the streets around Thornhill Drive have become more dangerous due to speeding and unsafe behavior by locals and visitors, making it only a matter of time before a tragic accident, as we've seen happen before, will occur. Recent near misses have made this concern all the more alarming. At the same time, we want to live in a community where walking, cycling, and driving are possible in safe and pleasant coexistence as we live our lives, raise families, and grow in neighborly community.

The city has repaved some of the streets and enhanced traffic infrastructure but we remain alarmed by the situation. Indeed, the smooth, new roads seem only to have encouraged speeding. The current road and street infrastructure needs to be improved further, despite the major investment seen in 2021 and 2022. We are seeking fellow neighbors to join us in identifying, calling for, and implementing the necessary approaches to make our community what we want it to be - safe, accessible, and enjoyable for all.

We want to address the safety concerns along Thornhill especially, as they affect us all. We also want to make school drop off and pick up a better, safer experience for all affected along the main road and in the local parking lots (and private driveways, which are often exploited). The PFC and parents work hard to make this part of the week go well but even some fellow parents abuse the process, leaving our inconvenienced neighbors and others in the school community feeling upset, unsafe, and stressed. We have identified many areas of action already and would like your help. Please sign up to learn more, stay in touch, and join us when we gather to solve these problems.

Prior Events

On October 8th we had a community at St. John's Oakland (1707 Gouldin Road).

Here is a link to a summary of the concerns and opportunities discussed. You can help keep up the momentum with this effort by:

  • Share your concerns about traffic safety along Thornhill with Brandon Harami ( and the new Oakland Department of Transportation director Fred Kelley ( Brandon said that it’s important for his office and the Dept. of Transportation to hear from residents about concerns and needs.

  • Comment in support of our safety requests on 311/SeeClickFix: Create a SeeClickFix account (here) if you don’t already have one, and comment in support of this issue (a consolidation of the 10/8 recommendations), filed by the Montclair Action team.

  • File additional 311 requests when you see problems on the streets. You can file 311 requests for all sorts of issues: missing/damaged street signs, potholes, dangerous/hazardous street conditions. You can file the requests online or by phone. Click here for more information and 311 instructions. If you file a request and don’t see it resolved by the city, send the case number/SeeClickFix link to Brandon Harami and he can look into it.

  • Let us know if you can volunteer to help with this effort. Take a look at the concerns and opportunities list and let us know what you’re excited about. For example, if you are great at marketing or branding and really want to see pedestrian improvements, help us make it a reality!

  • Talk to your neighbors about traffic safety and encourage them to sign up to stay involved. Send them this website!

Community meeting on Oct 8, 2022