Report Issued on Traffic Safety Near Schools

Report Issued on Traffic Safety Near Schools

The City of Alameda released a new report, outlining past, planned, and proposed street safety improvements around 22 K-12 public and private Alameda schools, last week. The report also outlines the City’s efforts to provide crossing guards, support street safety education, and encourage students to walk and bike. A PDF of the Street Safety Improvements at K-12 Schools report is available at: Safer-Streets#section-6.

After an extensive public engagement process, traffic data analyses, and discussions with stakeholders, staff developed recommendations for the future of the Slow Streets program:

• Maintain the existing 4.7 miles of Slow Streets for one year, while making select minor enhancements and addressing site-specific issues as they arise.
• Prioritize finishing the Active Transportation Plan in 2022, which will provide direction on the top priorities for walking and bicycling improvements, including Slow Streets.
• Leverage the repaving program to further improve the Slow Streets along the street segments scheduled in 2022.

The Transportation Commission will consider these recommendations at its Oct. 27 meeting, and then they’ll move to the City Council on Nov. 16. The community survey results and data analysis summaries are on the program web page.

The program began in April 2020 to respond to the pandemic by creating safer places to be physically active and get around. Today, 4.7 miles of Alameda’s 125 miles of public roads (or 4%) are Slow Streets.