Blogging Bayport Alameda

February 13, 2020

Senseless deaths

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Some of us, as progressives, are quick to point the finger of blame when it comes to gun safety and the lack of action taken by elected leaders to take meaningful action on gun control.   But when it comes to our own communities there’s a higher reluctance to actually do anything about pedestrian and bicycle safety.

There’s the lip service about how it would be nice but if it involves doing anything that might inconvenience the free flow of traffic then all sort of reasons are brought up as to why it would be infeasible to make more streets more bike friendly or why giving extra wide roads in Alameda a diet would cost drivers precious seconds.

Yesterday, as reported by the City of Alameda, another pedestrian was killed in Alameda:

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How many bodies need to be sacrificed on the streets of Alameda before we’re willing, as a community, to say enough is enough.  To say that we’re willing to make a change to our streetscape to ensure that the most vulnerable users of our public infrastructure do not need to worry that they’re gambling their lives when they attempt to cross the street or just even use the sidewalk as its intended.


  1. Knowing the details about how this collision and fatality occurred will help identify what more needs to be done, but pedestrians and cyclists are at increasing risk on our roads as drivers speed, drive distracted, and are simply in too much of a %$#! hurry to get wherever they *have* to go.

    The fact that the number of sworn APD officers on our streets is down some 25% from 1990s levels has a lot to do with the lack of traffic enforcement, contributing to the increasing “lawlessness” by many drivers on our streets.And this lawlessness has consequences…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — February 13, 2020 @ 10:51 am

  2. Although I agree with Jon’s statement, whatever happened to adults taking responsibility for their own behavior? When we have near misses as pedestrians, we are more likely to get pushback or obscenities than apologies. And the lawlessness should not be in quotation marks.

    Comment by Dj — February 14, 2020 @ 6:17 am

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