Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 19, 2021

Fast and the furious

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

So if you’ve lived anywhere on the West End or near any arterial street in Alameda you’ve probably had the pleasure of hearing all of the cars either doing some tricks at Alameda Point involving wearing down their tires or just deciding to rev their engines really loudly and obnoxiously. Based on a Council Referral the City Council will be weighing options to make Alameda Point a wee less attractive to these ad hoc car demonstrations. From the staff report:

Alameda Point is an attractive location for car shows and other large gatherings due to large open areas.  However, these events present numerous public safety challenges for law enforcement.  Large scale events can often include hundreds of vehicles, large crowds of spectators, unsafe driving on public streets, excessive noise and trash, property damage, and negative impacts to adjacent businesses.  Public complaints relate to speeding on residential streets, noise (squealing tires and loud engine/exhaust), near misses of pedestrians, cyclists and other cars, and an increase in climate emissions.  Vehicles participating in reckless driving behavior are particularly concerning as these dangerous acts can cause harm to the driver, present significant danger to pedestrian spectators, and cause damage to surrounding structures.  Dealing with large crowds also has an inherent risk to first responders.  Adding vehicles that are driving dangerously in the presence of pedestrians only intensifies that risk.

The traffic congestion caused by large events can sometimes back up traffic on surface streets for over half a mile.  The traffic congestion also impacts the surrounding businesses, making it difficult for customers to reach the businesses and challenging to park.

From January 1, 2021, through September 20, 2021, the Police Department has received 428 reckless driving calls for service throughout the City of Alameda (City).  Of those 428 calls for service, 109 were generated from Alameda Point.  The Monarch Street area accounts for 50 of those 109 calls for service.  In addition, the Police Department has sent multiple reckless driving crime reports to the City Prosecutor’s Office for charging since January of 2021.  Multiple cases have subsequently been charged by City Prosecutors while others are pending review.

Nearly 25% of the reckless driving calls for service were generated from Alameda Point. That’s notable as to who the behavior is impacting lest people want to chock this all up to victimless crimes.

Right now there are some huge planters and concrete barriers which have been put up in the areas that used to attract a lot of folks, you can see the remnants of the tire burns on the concrete out at the base. I mean, it IS an attractive place for cars so I don’t really blame folks for gravitating out there. If the spectators and participants had left the speeding and the tricks out at Alameda Point and respected the neighborhoods they drove through this probably wouldn’t have been as big of an issue.

2 Comments »

  1. What I find odd is that last year anybody out there taking photographs of their car or just driving around was harrassed mercilessly by security out there. I imagine that is no longer happening because “security” is overwhelmed, but what changed? Now you have people tearing up the east/west corridors to get to the point, and harrassing other drivers and cyclists. Given how unsafe it is out there for everyone else, I would think hundreds of calls could be made on any given Sunday alone (if there were a population there to make the calls…).

    Comment by Sleepy Moe — October 19, 2021 @ 7:54 am

  2. Really glad to see this on the agenda. Thank you Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Assistant City Manager. It’s been a nightmare for those of us on the West End!

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 19, 2021 @ 9:44 am


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