Vision Zero

Vision Zero in Alameda 

Vision Zero is an international movement that aims to reduce traffic deaths and life-changing injuries to zero, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It addresses all collisions, whether people travel by foot, wheelchair, bike, motorcycle, car, or truck. In late 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.

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Vision Zero Action Plan

The draft Vision Zero Action Plan contains over 50 actions aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2040. From July 12-August 6, the City sought public feedback via an online survey, in-person and virtual public events, and public comment on presentations to City boards and commissions. More details are in the public engagement activities summary. Staff will present the final draft to the Transportation Commission on October 27, and aim to seek Council adoption by the end of the year.

Action Plan Documents

Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries

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 2009-2018 crash analysis

Traffic fatalities and serious injuries

 
 Average per year, 2009-2018
 2019  2020

Jan-June 2021 (6 months)

All modes
       
Killed  1.9  1 4 2
 Severely injured
 10  6 5
 3
All injuries
 221  273 167
 80
 Pedestrians        
 Killed 0.8
 0  2  1
 Severely injured
 3  3 2
 1
All injuries
 33  44 30
19
 Bicyclists        
Killed
 0.2  0  1 1
Severely injured
3
 1 0
1
 All injuries
 38 29
24
9
 In a motor vehicle
       
 Killed  0.6 0
 1 0
 Severely injured
3
 2 3
1
 All injuries
 139  196 109
49
 Riding a motorcycle
       
  Killed  0.3 1
0 0
 Severely injured
 2 0 0
0
All injuries
12
4
4
3

 

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

Report a Street Safety Concern

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 by submitting a "Street Safety Concern" on SeeClickFix. Your report will be used in combination with crash data and equity indicators to prioritize street safety investments, and will help the City end traffic deaths and serious injuries.

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Join the mailing list

Keep in touch with Vision Zero and traffic safety in Alameda! Mailing list members will receive updates about the Vision Zero Action Plan, as well as bimonthly bulletins about Alameda's ongoing traffic safety efforts.

Join the Vision Zero mailing list

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