Vision Zero Update: Drive Carefully for Walk & Roll to School Day Tomorrow

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Slow Down for Walk & Roll to School Day

Thank you for your interest in Vision Zero and traffic safety in Alameda. Today’s update includes:

Tomorrow: Celebrate International Walk & Roll to School Day

Help celebrate International Walk & Roll to School Day on October 6 by walking, biking, or taking extra precautions while driving: move at safe speeds and watch for kids walking and rolling to school. This is a great reminder to slow down and keep an eye out for children every day!

"School's open... SLOW DOWN. Especially when students are present, the safe speed may be below the posted speed.

New Goal Year Proposed for the Vision Zero Action Plan: 2035

Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback on the draft Vision Zero Action Plan during the public engagement period. Based on community input, the proposed Plan goal will be changed to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2035 rather than 2040. This more ambitious goal will require ongoing community support for aggressive street safety improvements, and the funding and staffing required to make them.

The Transportation Commission will review the draft Vision Zero Action Plan, including changes based on public feedback, on October 27. We expect to seek City Council adoption on December 7.

Alameda Mourns a Terrible Death

Alameda is mourning the loss of a third community member killed on our streets in 2021. In early September, a suspected intoxicated driver traveling on Cambridge Drive struck a vehicle on Fernside Drive, killing one person inside and injuring the other. The Police Department issued this statement about the crash. Recently, Alameda Police officers made seven arrests for impaired driving in just one week. We must do better to keep our community safe. If you drink, don’t drive.

The Future of Slow Streets and Commercial Streets

On November 2, the City Council will determine the future of the Commercial Streets program, which reconfigured portions of Park and Webster Streets to allow businesses to offer outdoor dining and retail in response to the pandemic. The staff recommendations, which have been endorsed by the Transportation Commission and the Planning Board, include maintaining existing street striping for two years, setting higher standards for parklets, modifying on-street parking management, and more.

On October 27, the Transportation Commission will consider the future of the Slow Streets program. Staff will present recommendations based on an extensive evaluation and public engagement.

Take the Bike Friendly Community Survey by October 11

The City of Alameda applied to move from the Bronze to Silver Bicycle Friendly Community status level, from the League of American Bicyclists. As part of their review process, the League wants your input on bicycling in Alameda. If you’ve ever biked here, please take a minute to complete their short survey.

Take the survey

New Daylighting at Sherman and Pacific

Man jogs in a crosswalk with red paint on the curb at corners.

The City recently installed red curbs to daylight the Sherman and Pacific intersection and three other nearby intersections. Eliminating parking near corners increases visibility, making the intersection safer for all road users and making it easier for drivers to see people in crosswalks. In other daylighting efforts, in November and December the City's High Injury Corridor Daylighting Project will daylight parts of Lincoln, Santa Clara, Park, and Webster. It has already completed stretches of Grand, Central, Main, and Otis.


Eyes on the Street: Safer Clement Avenue

A portion of the Clement Avenue Safety Improvement Project is nearly complete! The Alameda Marina developer removed the old train tracks and repaved Clement Avenue, adding stop signs and a protected bikeway. Next year, the city will improve the sidewalks, make the pedestrian crossings safer and extend the Cross Alameda Trail bikeway further east to Broadway.

Portion of Clement Ave with High visibility crosswalk and stop sign; two-way cycle track separated by concrete curbs; and two motor vehicle lanes.

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