Vision Zero Update: Report Your Near-Misses and Street Safety Concerns

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Report Your Near-Misses and Street Safety Concerns

As the City continues our work to improve safety on Alameda streets, we want to hear about your experience walking, wheeling, biking, or driving in town. This update contains the following:

Report Your Near-Misses and Street Safety Concerns

Have you had a near-miss experience where you narrowly avoided a crash? Are drivers speeding on your road, or do you feel unsafe crossing specific intersections? Let us know using the City’s new SeeClickFix category: Street Safety Concern. Your report will be used along with other reports to inform the City of Alameda’s work to achieve our Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. We will use street safety reports in combination with crash data and equity indicators to prioritize and design street safety investments.

Central Ave Final Concept Approved

Rendered image of a future road with pedestrian islands, bus stop, and two-way protected bike lane

On April 20, the City Council approved the final concept for the Central Avenue Safety Improvement Project, which will update Central from Sherman to Main with the following: two motor vehicle travel lanes, a center turn lane, four roundabouts, improved bus stops and bikeways as well as other safety measures, street trees, and pavement rehabilitation. The Council chose a slip-lane roundabout at Sherman Street and Encinal Avenue, rather than the proposed version that included a cul-de-sac on the southern leg of Sherman. City staff are looking for additional funding to construct two of the four roundabouts. Construction is expected to begin in 2022. More information is in the staff report to Council.

Safety Improvements at Seven Schools

As schools began reopening in person, the City completed street safety improvements around seven schools based on school safety assessments from the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program. Keep an eye out for new marked crosswalks, improved crosswalk visibility, better-defined bike lanes, and more! The following schools received striping improvements in this round: Academy of Alameda, Edison School, Franklin School, Love School, Maya Lin School, NEA/ACLC, and St. Philip Neri School. The City’s goal is to complete and implement school safety assessments at all of our AUSD, charter, and private K-12 schools.

Freshly painted high visibility crosswalk across four-lane road with traffic signals

New high visibility crosswalks at 3rd and Ralph Appezzato, near NEA and ACLC

First Quarter 2021 Fatal and Injury Crashes

Sadly, one person lost their life in an Alameda crash in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, two people suffered severe injuries and a total of 33 were injured, representing a lower rate of injuries than Alameda’s 2009-2018 average. However, no loss of life is acceptable in a Vision Zero city.

See the table of traffic fatalities and severe injuries by mode

Daylighting Project Completes Grand and Begins Central

The High Injury Corridor Daylighting Project has completed intersection daylighting on Grand Street from Shore Line to Pacific. Work is underway on parts of Central Avenue; and Main Street and Otis Drive are slated for this summer. This project is increasing safety at intersections on our most dangerous roads by painting red curbs at intersections. Keeping intersections clear of parked cars improves visibility, enabling drivers to see cross-traffic as well as pedestrians stepping into the crosswalk. The National Association of City Transportation Officials recommends daylighting to improve sight lines.

New “Building Safer Streets” Webpage

The City has launched the new Building Safer Streets webpage, which outlines how we build, improve, and maintain streets for safety. Use this page to find traffic safety projects, street maintenance information, city guidelines, examples of safer streets tools, and links to the expanded Vision Zero webpage.

Coming Soon: Give Input on the Future of Slow Streets and Commercial Streets

In June and July the City is evaluating the pandemic programs that created 4.5 miles of Slow Streets and reconfigured Park and Webster Streets to add space for parklets, in preparation for bringing recommendations on the next phase of these programs to City Council in September. We’ll want to hear your thoughts! Keep an eye on your inbox for invitations to complete surveys and join virtual workshops.

Woman riding a bike at a relaxed pace, wearing a mask.

Draft Vision Zero Action Plan To Be Released in July

The Draft Vision Zero Action Plan will be released for public review in mid-July. We will seek your feedback through a web survey, public forums, and presentations to organizations and City Boards and Commissions. For more information about Vision Zero Action Plan development, read the May 26 staff report to the Transportation Commission.

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