Starting December 2020/January 2021, the City of Alameda Public Works Department will be painting red curbs at intersections along 8 corridors to improve visibility for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The existing condition allows for vehicles to be parked near the intersection, resulting in blind spots and increased collisions.
The Alameda Vision Zero Policy declares that public safety is the highest priority in managing transportation system, with the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating fatalities and severe injuries among all road users. Alameda’s Policy for Improvements to Visibility (Daylighting) helps fulfill this goal 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. The figure below illustrates how parked vehicles can narrow visibility, making it impossible for drivers to see people stepping into the crosswalk.
(Source: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)
The Daylighting Policy allows for parking to be prohibited within 20 feet of corners to increase visibility and increase safety at any intersection. It also requires visibility enhancements on busier streets, stating that “no parking shall be permitted within 20 feet of intersections along collector and arterial streets” as defined by the Mobility Element of the General Plan.
The City selected eight (8) corridors with the highest number of collisions, weighted for severity, for immediate visibility (daylighting) improvements. These corridors are in Alameda’s High Injury Corridors map, which is based on ten years of crash data:
Not every intersection along these corridors will be getting red curbs. Additionally, not all locations with the highest number of collisions in the High Injury Corridors map will be included in this specific project. The locations that will not be a part of this project are those that:
1. Already have sufficient parking prohibitions at the intersection corners.
2. Have upcoming projects that will incorporate daylighting or similar improvements.
3. Are along Caltrans right-of-way (State Route 61).
Pursuant of Alameda Municipal Codes 8-7.1 and 8-8.5, the Public Works Director is authorized to remove or change parking to achieve the goals of the Vision Zero Policy as well as the Alameda General Plan Safety Element Policy SN-5, which requires Vision Zero safety measures. The decision to remove parking in order to improve visibility is not appealable.
Additional information regarding Vision Zero can be found here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alan Ta, Assistant Engineer, at email@example.com.
Phase 1: Scheduled for December 2020/January 2021 (complete)
1. Grand Street, Shore Line Drive to Pacific Avenue
Future Phases: Scheduled for early 2021
2. Central Avenue, Grand Street to Hansen Avenue
3. Lincoln Avenue, Paru Street to Fountain Street
4. Main Street, Navy Way to Pacific Avenue
5. Otis Drive at South Shore Center
6. Park Street, Shore Line Drive to Blanding Avenue
7. Santa Clara Avenue, Park Street to Grove Street
8. Webster Street, Central Avenue to Stargell Avenue