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October 25, 2019

Alameda, let’s stop running over kids, okay?

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Yesterday marked the sixth car/child collision in Alameda this year.  Fortunately the child hit yesterday was not seriously injured (kid was on a bike, collision happened with a driver in a car).

We need to start prioritizing the safety of those using non-vehicular modes of transportation over those safe and snug in their cars.  The City is hosting a Transportation Plan Open House in a few weeks which is the perfect time to continue these discussions.

We have to do something because, I think, most of us want to make it so that the streets of Alameda are safe for everyone to use and are not just for cars to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Relevant but not in Alameda because we don’t have any intersections that are as hostile as this one, but was fascinating to watch anyway.   The number of people commenting who could not see the pedestrian signal which was giving the pedestrians the right of way was appalling.

 

8 Comments »

  1. It is amazing how many people believe that roads around town are only for vehicles, and bicycles and pedestrians should be ‘somewhere else’. Then, of course, when the City change roadways to provide for bicycles they complain even more. ssshhhh
    Thank goodness the child was not badly injured, and for those who rendered aid quickly.

    Comment by Ron Mooney — October 25, 2019 @ 7:46 am

  2. Bring back traffic enforcement!

    Comment by dave — October 25, 2019 @ 8:28 am

  3. The problem is that as a society, we’re too busy to slow down. Unfortunately, the video you posted Lauren captures our lives in a snap shot. Everyone is in a hurry, and as a result we’re crashing into each other. I’ve experienced people walking and texting and crashing into each other.

    Yes, I agree we need to work on safe streets — but we also need to look at the core problem, which is a much larger task at hand. Here’s a great article on Slow Living:

    https://www.sloww.co/slow-living-101/

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 25, 2019 @ 8:38 am

    • This is correct. People are spending way more time on social media, more time commuting over longer distances, and just living overall busier lives that there’s no longer enough time left to get somewhere at a leisure pace. Everything is now a mad last-minute dash from one place to another, and even worse, there are almost no repercussions from local PD – until someone gets hurt.

      Comment by JRB — October 25, 2019 @ 10:53 am

  4. Enforcement and culture change are both Band-Aids for a street design problem. We need to decide that in Alameda, you can bike and walk safely. How do we get there?

    Protected bike lanes, narrower lanes for cars, no four lane roadways in the city at all. Zero parking requirements for new residential construction, and Sunday streets on Webster. 🤩

    Comment by Gaylon — October 25, 2019 @ 9:45 am

    • You can’t be serious. No four-lane roads? There are sidewalks and protected bike lanes. People speed because they are in a hurry. They will be in more of a hurry if you take all the lanes away. On Willie Stargell, they speed to get around other cars. You go down 5th street no one speeds and it is 4 lanes. Main Street no one really speeds unless they are late for the ferry. RAMP the speed limit is 35 and most don’t go over it. Can you imagine driving down Lincoln with one lane in both directions? I would probably drive on Pacific or another street and so you’re putting more traffic on those streets. And Pacific is a street many ride bikes. You will still have drivers running red lights or driving carelessly. Part of the answer is to teach your kids to look both ways.

      Comment by joelsf — October 26, 2019 @ 7:04 pm

      • FYI. I am 66 yrs old and always look both ways multiple times. Write it on my tombstone. There is little respect for pedestrians by cars. Good analogy. Chihuahua:Pitbull as Bicycle:Car.

        Comment by Dj — October 28, 2019 @ 7:59 am

  5. I just got back from Paris and they have like 2 million bikes and the bikes are more dangerous than cars. The cars watch out for you and the bikers don’t. I just about got hit 4 or 5 times not by cars but bikers. They don’t wear helmets there either.

    Comment by joelsf — October 26, 2019 @ 4:58 pm


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