Vision Zero Update: Last Day to Comment on Federal Vehicle Safety Test Updates

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Alameda Street Safety News

Important updates about street safety in Alameda:

New Information on the City's Response to Fatal Crashes

The City has published its plans for infrastructure improvements at the sites of the two fatal crashes to date this year. Plans include flashing beacons, crosswalk construction, and signage improvements at Mecartney/Marcuse/Baywalk, as well as signage and striping improvements at San Antonio/Willow. These are part Alameda’s Rapid Response After Fatal Crashes Program, a new, iterative program that installs quick-build infrastructure updates at the sites of fatal crashes. “Quick-build” means the improvements avoid concrete work where possible and rely on striping, bollards, etc. The infrastructure changes respond to general conditions observed at the site, not necessarily what played a role in the collision. The City is also planning to develop a Rapid Response Quick-Build Toolkit to enable a faster turnaround in the future.

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Last Day to Comment on Federal Vehicle Safety Test Updates

Tuesday, July 25, is the last day to submit comments to the USDOT about updates to its vehicle safety ratings, including taking safety for people outside of vehicles into account. The USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a new pedestrian safety test for vehicles, but the test would not be included in the vehicle’s final safety rating. More information:

Petite elderly woman walks in a crosswalk, where a very large vehicle is stopped

Join the Fernside Blvd Mailing List

In the coming months, the City will launch public outreach for the Fernside Boulevard Traffic Calming & Bikeways Project. If you live, work, or go to school near Fernside Blvd, or if you travel along it regularly, please consider joining the Fernside mailing list at

Central Ave Project in the News

The Alameda Post wrote about bioretention features in the Central Avenue Safety Improvements Project. The City received a $1.47 million EPA San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement grant to construct these features, which which will absorb and filter rainwater, reducing flooding and pollution into the Bay. Construction on the full project is expected to start early next year.

Read the article: Central Avenue Getting Greener

Photo of a bioretention area, with green plants growing between curbs

Photo by Richard Bangert for Alameda Post

2023 City Council Decisions on Street Safety

The City Council has made several important decisions about street designs to promote traffic safety this year. Here is a roundup in case you missed them:

  • 3/21: Approved the design concept for the Clement Avenue/Tilden Way project, which uses abandoned railroad right-of-way to extend the Cross Alameda Trail between Broadway and the Miller-Sweeney/Fruitvale Bridge and to improve truck and bus routes. It includes new open space and a roundabout at the Blanding/Tilden/Fernside intersection.
  • 4/18: Endorsed a concept for the Lincoln/Marshall/Pacific Corridor Improvements project, including a roadway reconfiguration to calm speeds, pedestrian crossing improvements, a roundabout at Lincoln/5th/Marshall, stormwater gardens, bus stop enhancements, and school frontage improvements.
  • 7/5: Directed staff to move forward with updated striping on Park St and Webster St that retains one travel lane in each direction, brings parking back to the curb, puts concrete barricades around parklets, and adds regular striped bike lanes. They also directed staff to return with updates to the parklet program.
  • 7/18: Approved a new concept and additional funding for the Grand Street Safety Improvements project with a two-way cycle track raised to the sidewalk level, pedestrian crossing improvements, and bus stop enhancements. 

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