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File #: 2020-7660   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 2/4/2020
Title: Recommendation to Accept Update on Recently Installed and Ongoing Traffic Safety and Traffic Calming Activities. (Public Works 96013)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Traffic Safety Improvements, 2. Presentation
Title

Recommendation to Accept Update on Recently Installed and Ongoing Traffic Safety and Traffic Calming Activities. (Public Works 96013)

Body

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Traffic safety and traffic calming in the City of Alameda (City) continue to be a priority. The purpose of this update is to present recently completed, ongoing, and upcoming traffic safety improvements (other transportation planning efforts and larger scale transportation network improvement project updates will be presented to the City Council in March, with the Transportation Choices Plan Annual Report). The meeting will also allow the City Council to consider and provide direction to staff regarding these efforts. In addition to the projects discussed in the report, in late 2019, the City initiated the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) and the City Council adopted a Vision Zero Policy. Simultaneously, staff instituted a Vision Zero Task Force, including City staff and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) staff.

BACKGROUND

Based on the unusual uptick in the number of school aged children and other bicyclist and pedestrian collisions since the summer of 2019, staff responded by creating a response team, including membership from the Public Works Department; Police Department; Planning, Building, and Transportation Department; the City Manager's Office; and AUSD. The response team has actively engaged in assessing each incident to understand and document the situation. Most importantly, the team has developed a plan for: immediate response (late 2019 and early 2020); near-term (ongoing until August 2020 - prior to the start of the next school year); and long-term traffic safety measures related to school safety and Vision Zero implementation. Consistent with Vision Zero, the plan involves engineering, education, and enforcement.

DISCUSSION

An inter-departmental team has been developed to both initiate immediate and relatively near-term...

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