Vision Zero

Vision Zero in Alameda

Latest news: read Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft's letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking them to update vehicle safety ratings to include safety for people outside vehicles as well as inside them. Vehicles that are heavy, have poor visibility due to height or other factors, and/or have insufficient safety features are more likely to cause fatal and severe injury crashes.

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. Alameda is one of many Vision Zero communities across the nation. Alameda's Vision Zero efforts are guided by its Vision Zero Action Plan (2021) and Vision Zero policy (2019).

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Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries

From 2009-2108, each year an average of two people died and 221 suffered from an injury from traffic collisions in Alameda. Crashes involving people walking and biking were disproportionately dangerous, representing 62% of fatal and severe injury crashes. Seniors and young people were over-represented in severe crashes as well. These tragic deaths affect families, loved ones, and our community as a whole. The table below compares recent fatal and injury crash numbers to 2009-2018 averages.

Traffic fatalities and serious injuries

 
 Average per year, 2009-2018
 2019  2020

2021

All modes
       
Killed  2  1 4 4
 Severely injured
 10  6 5
9
All injuries
 221  273 167
158
 Pedestrians        
 Killed <1
 0  2  2
 Severely injured
 3  3 2
 3
All injuries
 33  44 30
29
 Bicyclists        
Killed
<1  0  1 1
Severely injured
3
 1 0
2
 All injuries
 38 29
24
12
 In a motor vehicle
       
 Killed  <1 0
 1 1
 Severely injured
3
 2 3
3
 All injuries
 139  196 109
113
 Riding a motorcycle
       
  Killed  <1 1
0 0
 Severely injured
 2 0 0
1
All injuries
12
4
4
4

 

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:

Vision Zero Updates

These updates were sent to the Vision Zero mailing list, and each update includes several topics in addition to the headline.  

Videos

News

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 Resolution to Make Street Safety Improvements in 2022 and Beyond (2021) approves the details and timeline for an ambitious slate of Capital Budget street safety projects, and approves $2 million to accelerate them. 

The Signalized Intersection Access Equity Policy (2021) calls for equitable access at signalized intersections for people taking transit, walking, biking, or driving; defines locations that should have automatic pedestrian WALK signals; and limits pedestrian barricades.

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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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)

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.

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