New crash data report shows Alameda’s high injury corridors and dangerous behaviors

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New Vision Zero Crash Data Report

Thank you for your interest in Alameda’s Vision Zero project, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero. While the City has pivoted towards helping our community survive and thrive through the pandemic and intense fire season, we also continue our important work improving traffic safety in Alameda.

In this first Vision Zero update, we have many things to share:

New Crash Analysis Findings

The Vision Zero Crash Analysis report is complete. Major findings from 10 years of crash data (2009 to 2018) include:

  • Each year, an average of one person dies and 222 people suffer from an injury from traffic collisions in Alameda.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists make up 5% of Alameda’s commute to work mode share, 39% of Alameda’s crashes, and 62% of Alameda’s fatal and severe injury crashes.
  • 63% of crashes involving younger victims (ages 18 or younger) occurred within a quarter mile of a school while only 38% of Alameda’s streets are within a quarter mile of a school.
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian and unsafe speeds were the two behaviors most associated with severe or fatal crashes.

Top two behaviors associated with fatal and severe injury crashes

Failure to yield to pedestrian; unsafe speeds

Traffic fatalities in 2020

While the Crash Analysis found that an average of one person dies on Alameda’s streets each year (though with variability in any given year), we have had four fatal crashes in 2020. Each collision was distinct, and factors involved in the crashes included intoxicated driving, distracted driving, and crossing against the traffic light at night. As part of its Vision Zero efforts, the City held a post-collision site visit after each crash to discuss potential safety improvements, resulting in several changes that are underway.

Traffic safety improvements

Photo of improvements at Lincoln St at Walnut St

The City is already using the Vision Zero Crash Data Analysis to inform traffic safety improvements in key locations throughout town, although the scope for upcoming work is reduced due to COVID-related budgetary changes. Recent activity includes:

  • After a series of crashes on Lincoln Avenue at Walnut Street, the City recently made the intersection narrower with painted curb bulb-outs and bollards (the street now broadens from two to four lanes west of the intersection rather than east of it – see photo).
  • The City installed pedestrian safety improvements at Fernside Boulevard and Harvard Drive, with flashing lights at the crosswalk, new striping, and signage.
  • So far in 2020, the City has improved visibility at 13 intersections via daylighting (increasing red zones at corners).
  • While the Slow Streets and Commercial Streets programs were implemented to allow people to keep physical distance while exercising and enjoying our commercial corridors during COVID, they are also reducing motor vehicle volumes and slowing speeds, which should improve traffic safety.

In the coming months, the City plans to daylight more intersections along our high injury corridors; implement striping changes recommended by Safe Routes to Schools assessments; and continue increasing the number of high visibility crosswalks throughout the City.

COVID-19 “Get Around Safe" Pledge

Pledge to drive, bike, walk, and take transit safely during this pandemic! With COVID-19 changing the way we get around and adding new potential dangers to everyday movements, the City encourages community members to take the Alameda COVID-19 “Get Around Safe” Pledge. Your name can join with over 75 others on the pledge list and, when available, you can receive an "Alameda Safe Driver" window slick.

Vision Zero Action Plan update

As required by Alameda’s Vision Zero policy, the City is developing a Vision Zero Action Plan with measurable actions to increase street safety. The Vision Zero Task Force is guiding development of the Plan. This group comprises community members such as a traffic violence victim family member, an Alameda Point Collaborative resident, and an AUSD parent/Safe Routes to School champion; representatives from the Commission on Disability and the Transportation Commission; staff from external agencies including Alameda Unified School District, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Public Health Department; and City staff from seven departments.

The Vision Zero Task Force has held two meetings, and three more meetings are planned before the Action Plan is finalized. The City will seek public input on the draft Plan in early 2021. More information is available at www.AlamedaCA.gov/VisionZero.

Active Transportation Plan update

The Active Transportation Plan, which will update the City’s bicycle and pedestrian plans, recently wrapped up an intensive public input period regarding its draft recommendations. Informed by the Crash Analysis, the recommendations included the proposed bicycle network; pedestrian infrastructure recommendations; concept designs for Webster St, Park St, and Lincoln Ave; and proposed programs and policies, including safety programs that will become a part of the Vision Zero Action Plan.

The draft Active Transportation Plan will be released for public review in early 2021. To be added to the Plan mailing list, email ActiveAlameda@alamedaca.gov.

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Contact us

VisionZero@alamedaca.gov

www.AlamedaCA.gov/VisionZero

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