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Action Plan Survey Closes Friday

Thank you to all of you who have given feedback on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan, either by filling out the survey, talking with us at the Open House, Farmers’ Market, or Virtual Forum! Make sure to get your survey response in by Friday, August 6.

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Even as we finalize our Vision Zero Action Plan, the City and others are continuing our work to make our streets safer. This update contains the following:

Progress on the Clement Safety Project

Clement Ave with lightly painted "cat tracks" for new crosswalk and cycle track

Construction on the City’s Clement Ave Safety Improvement Project is progressing! As part of the Alameda Marina project, the developer removed the train tracks, repaved Clement, and is building their half-mile portion of the Cross Alameda Trail with expected completion later in August. When the entire Clement Safety Project is complete in 2022, we'll see safer auto speeds, better pedestrian crossings, and 1.2 miles of protected bikeways added to the Cross Alameda Trail.

New Flashing Beacons Planned at Six Crosswalks

In the coming months, Caltrans will add flashing beacons and crosswalk striping improvements at the following CA Hwy 61 locations:

  • Otis and Versailles
  • Broadway and Calhoun
  • Broadway and San Jose
  • Encinal and Park
  • Encinal and Benton
  • Central and Page

Caltrans expects to finish construction in early 2022.

Yellow pedestrian yield sign and flashing light

New Protected Left Turn on Broadway and Otis

Caltrans recently installed a protected left turn (left turn arrow) on Broadway and Otis, making this intersection safer for people walking, biking, and driving.

2021 Fatal and Injury Crashes

With the recent tragic death of a community member who was struck by a suspected intoxicated driver while walking across Lincoln Avenue, Alameda has now had two traffic fatalities in 2021. In addition, three people suffered severe injuries and a total of 80 were injured in crashes on our streets from January to June 2021.

See the table of traffic fatalities and severe injuries by mode

$200,000 for Lincoln Ave

As part of its 2021-2023 capital budget, last month the City Council approved $200,000 to do an in-depth study of safety improvements on the Lincoln corridor, a high injury corridor with several high crash intersections. This will build upon the Lincoln Avenue concepts explored as part of the Active Transportation Plan, and responds to ongoing public comments on the difficulty of crossing Lincoln on foot or bike.

In the meantime, the City is developing near-term solutions to the intersection of Lincoln and Walnut, a high crash intersection and site of the recent terrible fatality.

In total, the 2021-2023 Capital Improvement Plan includes over $18 million for Vision Zero projects, with the largest share going to the Central Avenue Safety Project (which is largely funded by grants).

Next Steps on Webster and Park

The Commercial Streets program is a package of efforts that were designed to support our businesses and community through the pandemic, including restriping Park and Webster Streets with fewer travel lanes, pedestrian bulbouts, and room for parklets.

After reviewing extensive community feedback, staff developed recommendations for the future of the Commercial Streets program, including maintaining existing street striping for two years, setting higher standards for parklets, modifications to the on-street parking, and more. On July 28 the Transportation Commission unanimously endorsed the recommendations. The City Council will review and take action on September 21.

Two people cross Park St in a crosswalk, with bollards and bike racks visible, and cars stopped for them.

Help Shape the Future of Slow Streets

The Slow Streets program survey and workshop dates will be posted tomorrow!

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