Vision Zero

Vision Zero in Alameda

The first quarter 2021 traffic injury and fatality data is now available

Read the March 31 Vision Zero Update: 29 New High Visibility Crosswalks in 2021

Vision Zero is an international movement that provides a framework for reducing traffic deaths and life-changing injuries to zero, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It addresses all collisions, whether people travel by truck, car, motorcycle, bike, wheelchair, or foot. In November 2019, the Alameda City Council adopted a resolution establishing Vision Zero as the City’s guiding principle for transportation planning, design, and maintenance. In 2021, the City of Alameda will complete a Vision Zero Action Plan that includes specific actions and policy changes to increase street safety in Alameda. The City has already started using crash data to prioritize street improvement investments.

Get Involved

Eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries will require the efforts from city and regional partners, elected officials, and community members like you. Learn how you can be a part of Vision Zero:

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Vision Zero Action Plan

The Draft Vision Zero Action Plan will be released for public review in summer 2021. Your voice is important! Please make sure you are on the mailing list by emailing VisionZero@AlamedaCA.gov.

In 2020 and 2021, the City of Alameda will develop a Vision Zero Action Plan with measurable actions to increase street safety. This work will be based on an analysis of traffic collisions and their causes, to help identify the policies and actions that will have the greatest impact on reducing traffic deaths and severe injuries. The City will monitor progress against the plan with an annual report to the Transportation Commission and City Council.

The Vision Zero Task Force is guiding development of the Action Plan. This group comprises community members such as a traffic violence victim family member, an Alameda Point Collaborative resident, and an AUSD parent/Safe Routes to School champion; representatives from the Commission on Disability and the Transportation Commission; staff from external agencies including Alameda Unified School District, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Public Health Department; and City staff from seven different departments. The Vision Zero Task Force has had four meetings and expects to hold two more before the Plan is complete.

Vision Zero Task Force documents

Crash Data

Each year, an average of two people die and 221 suffer from an injury from traffic collisions in Alameda. Crashes involving people walking and biking are disproportionately dangerous, representing 62% of fatal and severe injury crashes. Seniors and young people are over-represented in severe crashes as well, and the majority of people who died on Alameda streets from 2009-2018 were seniors walking.

Read the full 2009-2018 crash analysis

Top two dangerous behaviors associated with severe and fatal crashes

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Traffic fatalities and serious injuries

 
 Average 2009-2018
 2019  2020  Jan-March 2021
All modes
       
Killed  1.9  1 4 1
 Severely injured
 10  6 5
 2
All injuries
 221  273 167
 33
 Pedestrians        
 Killed 0.8
 0  2  0
 Severely injured
 3  3 2
 1
All injuries
 33  44 30
 10
 Bicyclists        
Killed
 0.2  0  1  1
Severely injured
3
 1 0
 0
 All injuries
 38 29
24
 4
 In a motor vehicle
       
 Killed  0.6 0
 1  0
 Severely injured
3
 2 3
 1
 All injuries
 139  196 109
 19
 Riding a motorcycle
       
  Killed  0.3 1
0  0
 Severely injured
 2 0 0
 0
All injuries
12
4
4
 0

 

High Injury Corridors

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The City uses its high injury corridor maps to prioritize traffic safety improvements where they are needed most. In Alameda, 73% of crashes occur on high injury corridors, even though they only cover 20% of the streets. These corridors are the stretches of road with the highest crash densities, weighted by severity and broken into three tiers, with Tier 1 indicating the streets with the greatest frequency and severity of crashes.

High injury corridor maps:

Street Safety Policies

The Alameda Vision Zero Policy (2019) declares that public safety is the highest priority in managing the city transportation system, with the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating fatalities and severe injuries among all road users.

The Policy for Improvements to Visibility (Daylighting) (2019) increases traffic safety by calling for sufficient visibility at intersections, enabling drivers to see motor vehicle and bicycle traffic in the cross street, as well as pedestrians entering the crosswalk.

When cars are parked up to the corner, drivers can't see pedestrians at the corners

(Source: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)

The Policy on Street Width, Lane Width, Crosswalks, and Bulb-outs (2020) prioritizes safety for vulnerable road users, establishes standard travel lane widths, provides guidance on marked crosswalks, and more. 

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With the Complete Streets Policy (2013), the City committed to creating and maintaining Complete Streets that provide safe, comfortable and convenient travel for all users, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, people with disabilities, motorists, emergency responders, seniors, and children.

See the Building Safer Streets page for City guidelines related to street safety.

Plans and policies that called for Vision Zero before policy adoption

Related Planning Efforts

Alameda Active Transportation Plan

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Mobility Element of Alameda's General Plan 2040

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