City Aims to Eliminate Traffic Deaths by 2040

City Aims to Eliminate Traffic Deaths by 2040

On Monday, July 11, the City released its draft Vision Zero Action Plan, which contains more than 50 actions aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries heree by 2040.

The city is encouraging Community members to provide feedback on the plan by Aug. 6 by using an online survey, in-person and virtual public events and public comments to boards and commissions. The survey, event details, and more are at:

To accomplish this the city has tapped into Vision Zero, an international movement that provides a framework for reducing traffic deaths and life-changing injuries to zero, while increasing safe, equitable mobility for all.

The plan addresses all collisions, whether people travel by motor vehicles, on bicycles, wheelchairs, or on foot. In November 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution establishing Vision Zero as the city’s guiding principle for transportation planning, design, and maintenance.

The plan includes an analysis of 10 years of crash data, which found that an average of two people die, 10 suffer severe injuries and 220 are injured in Alameda crashes every year.

So far this year, the community has had two traffic fatalities, including the recent tragic death of a community member struck by a suspected intoxicated driver while walking across Lincoln Avenue.

The city’s plan includes a high-injury-corridor map that shows the roadways with the highest density and severity of crashes from 2009-2018, highlighting streets like Park Street, Webster Street, and Lincoln Avenue.

The analysis also found that the top two dangerous behaviors associated with fatal and severe injury crashes were: failure to yield to a pedestrian and unsafe speeds.

Actions in the Plan

 Prioritize street safety investments on high injury corridors.

 Use the City’s most current Socially Vulnerable Populations map to prioritize investments.

 Develop a citywide safety campaign.

 Focus enforcement on high injury corridors and against dangerous moving violations.

Public Events

 Hosting a table at the Farmers’ Market, 710 Haight Ave, this Saturday, July 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

 In-person and Outdoor Open House, at Alameda Avenue and Park Street, this Saturday, July 17, 2 to 5 p.m.

 Virtual Public Forum, Via Zoom, next Wednesday, July 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.