Vision Zero update: 29 New High Visibility Crosswalks in 2021

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29 New High Visibility Crosswalks in 2021

At the same time that the City of Alameda is developing our Vision Zero Action Plan in time for public review this summer, we continue our work making the streets safer for all users. This Vision Zero update contains the following:

29 New High Visibility Crosswalks in 2021

San Jose Ave and Willow St freshly painted ladder-style crosswalk

In just the first three months of 2021, the City installed 29 new high-visibility crosswalks and increased safety at 42 intersections through new daylighting (red curbs at intersections). The High Injury Corridor Daylighting Project has completed daylighting on Grand Ave from Shore Line to Pacific, and will move onto Central and Lincoln Avenues next. The new high visibility crosswalks are at locations such as San Jose Ave and Willow St., and Central Ave and High St.

Improvement 2020 January - March 2021
Intersections with new high visibility crosswalks 17 29
Intersections with new daylighting 57 42
Intersections with existing daylighting refreshed 17 32

Tomorrow: Commercial Streets Extension on Park

On Thursday and Friday, April 1-2, the City will reconfigure Park St from Encinal to Clinton, to match the blocks further north and join the Commercial Streets program. This improvement will support the businesses on these blocks during COVID by enabling them to build parklets for outdoor dining and retail.

The City will also install new bollards and flex posts on Park and Webster Streets in the coming days, and new bike corrals will arrive by May.

Central Ave at City Council April 20

After over eight years of planning and community engagement, the City Council will consider approval of the final concept for western Central Avenue on Tuesday, April 20. Spanning from Sherman St to Main St, this project will improve safety for all road users. It includes two motor vehicle travel lanes, a center turn lane, roundabouts, improved bus stops and bikeways as well as other safety measures, street trees, and pavement rehabilitation. You can learn more and make your voice heard at the Virtual Open House on this project and the Caltrans-led Encinal Ave project.

Otis Drive is Complete!

Otis St. and Grand St. protected intersection, showing a person walking in the crosswalk and bicyclists in the green dashed area

Construction on the Otis Drive Project from Westline Dr to Willow St is now complete. Formerly four lanes and flagged as a major speeding corridor by the Alameda Police Department, this stretch of Otis now has three lanes (including a center turn lane), new bike lanes, improved pedestrian crossings, and a new protected intersection at Grand St. The Federal Highway Administration finds that lane conversions like this, and like the Central Ave plan, can reduce crashes by 19-47 percent while not causing traffic congestion.

New Slow Street on Orion + Improvements Coming Soon

Alameda will welcome a new Slow Street in the coming months: Orion St from West Midway to Pearl Harbor. This extends the Slow Streets program to Alameda Point and brings its street safety benefits to Alameda Point Collaborative residents. In addition to barricades and signage, Orion will have two sets of speed cushions on the long block between Corpus Christi Rd and Pearl Harbor Rd.

The City is planning improvements on the existing 4.5 miles of Slow Streets as well. In the coming months, keep an eye out for new barricades, signage, turn restrictions at major street crossings, and flex posts replacing the orange cones.

Vision Zero in the General Plan 2040: Comment by May 17

The City of Alameda has released the second draft of its General Plan 2040, and Vision Zero plays an important role in the Plan’s Mobility Element. This document will shape Alameda’s streets and paths for decades, so please consider reviewing it and providing comment by May 17.

Safe Streets for In-Person School

School is reopening in person! AUSD elementary schools welcomed cohorts of students on March 15, and charter and private schools are starting to reopen as well. Please watch for children, drive slowly, and take extra caution as our students walk, roll, and get dropped off to school on a rolling schedule at multiple gates.

The City worked to make the streets safer for our students by: quickly re-starting the school crossing guard program; using social media to remind people to drive, bike, and walk carefully around schools; and providing parking enforcement at school loading zones.

Here are resources to help you get to school safely:

Crossing Guard w Mask - by Maurice Ramirez

Photo by Maurice Ramirez

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