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July 12, 2021

Blast from the past: pedestrian safety in 1982

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 5:02 am

We’re hyper focused on pedestrian safety given the most recent vehicle driver vs pedestrian tragedy, but the issue of pedestrian safety was right at the forefront in 1982 when a child was killed after being struck by a teacher.   This collision is the reason there is a traffic light on Central at Fourth and yet we still can’t, even after 39 years, get this pedestrian safety thing right.

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  1. A few people in our neighborhood made an urgent request for traffic safety improvements. We’re experiencing a dramatic increase in speeding on our street. It seems that because we’re not a “slow street”, we’ve become a target for car racing. The side shows start at Alameda Point, and end up in our neighborhoods.

    We’re located a couple of blocks from Paden School and many of us worry an accident is Imminent if nothing is done soon about the car racing taking place on the West End.

    Comment by Karen Bey — July 12, 2021 @ 7:19 am

    • I have the same worry, Karen. I live near Webster/Santa Clara and crazy driving & speeding at all hours is a problem. Racing on Central, Lincoln, Pacific (basically anywhere on Lincoln west of 8th Street) seems to happen nearly every night–you can hear the screeching tires/revving engines esp. between 10pm & 2am. What I can’t figure out is, why there isn’t more enforcement currently. Yeah, yeah, I know APD isn’t at full capacity, BUT! Many residents and business owners have let them know of the problem & its parameters (streets, times when this shit is happening, even makes/models of some of the cars) for MONTHS. You’d think they could re-direct resources they have, concentrate them in certain places at certain times, and give steep tickets to these drivers who are putting our west end neighborhoods in danger.

      Comment by Kristen — July 12, 2021 @ 1:15 pm

      • What’s weird is a police offer knocked on my door last week to inquire about my tenants car parked on the street. I asked her why she had time to track a parked car, but what can be done about the car racing on our streets, and she responded there’s nothing we can do.

        Comment by Karen Bey — July 12, 2021 @ 1:45 pm

        • I found this article about sideshows in Contra Costa:

          When i worked for FivePoint, the master developer was responsible for security for the entire base. The security cost was shared by the City and the Navy for the land they owned, but we/the master developer took on the responsibility to secure the base.

          If we turned over the base to private developer(s), they should create a plan to secure the base. But if we do nothing — the above article could be the future we’re looking at.

          Comment by Karen Bey — July 12, 2021 @ 3:46 pm

  2. I live just steps away from 3rd. & Central, I literally never set foot onto that intersection when I can see any cars coming because its blind for some cars and the ones coming down Central towards the base are usually going pretty fast and tend to turn onto 3rd. street without slowing down. It is a very dangerous intersection just waiting to kill someone. I have heard many crashes at that intersection from my house. P.S. the people coming from 3rd. st. going towards Webster tend to roll through the blind intersection, I have witnessed many near collisions at that intersection as I walk across it almost everyday.

    Comment by John P. — July 12, 2021 @ 8:43 am

    • One way to stop the sideshows at Alameda Point and reduce the speeding on the West End is to turn Alameda Point over to private developers. After 24 years – it’s time!

      With the President’s impending infrastructure bill assured to pass Congress in the coming months – the timing could not be more perfect.

      The Naval Air Station shut down over 24 years ago in 1997, and has transferred over 90% of the base to the City. Much of it has been leased to start ups like Natel Energy, Saildrone, and Astra, yet there is still over 1000 acres to be developed. After 24 years, only one residential development has moved forward and that is Site A on 68 acres – and they are anxious to move forward with their next phase of development.

      It’s true that the constraints of increasingly high costs to build infrastructure and the Navy Cap have slowed development at Alameda Point. Accordingly, removal of the Navy cap should be a high priority for the city; we’re in the middle of a housing shortage – a housing cap does not make sense.

      In addition to residential development, commercial development and open space development at Alameda Point should be another priority for the City. Public private partnerships are waiting in the wings – the East Bay Regional Park is planning a 150 – acre regional park, De Pave Park is another planned park at Alameda Point, and startups have zeroed in on the asset that Alameda Point is. The Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal and its expanded service, and Its proximity to San Francisco makes Alameda Point an exciting innovation hub. We recognize Harbor Bay Business Park as a life science hub, it’s time to recognize Alameda Point as an innovation hub.

      To some after 24 years, the condition of the base looks hopeless with its empty buildings and it slow development – but to others like Spirits Alley who have invested thousands in their hangar/buildings and created a regional destination, and WETA and the Site A developers who have invested millions in backbone infrastructure and the new Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal (which had their grand opening last week), and start-ups like Saildrone and Natel Energy who have helped make Alameda Point an innovation hub, and the home builders at Site A who have invested millions to create the first phase of housing, and the landscape architects and artists designing Alameda Point’s future parks — they see Alameda Point as a gem. Let’s get rid of side shows at the base and take back our streets on the West End – and develop Alameda Point to its full potential — its time!

      Comment by Karen Bey — July 12, 2021 @ 10:19 am

      • Very well put! Alameda should renegotiate with the Navy to remove the housing cap. It even fits with the Biden agenda.

        City staff did help calm some of the insane traffic at the Base. They closed W Oriskany Rd from Central Ave to Skyhawk St. This reduced access to part of the Base. I don’t understand why they can’t close more streets and maybe set up an occasional random DUI checkpoint.

        Comment by Andrew Phillips — July 12, 2021 @ 8:29 pm

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