Berkeley, CA: Community looks for answers amid increased concerns about traffic safety (Vision Zero Watch)

According to a report released by the city last month, 93% of Berkeley’s pedestrian fatalities and severe injury crashes happen on 14% of the city’s street miles. In the same report, the city identified “high-injury” corridors on streets such as Shattuck Avenue and Sacramento Street to Cedar Street, Ashby Avenue and University Avenue.

The city started taking public input in January on its Milvia Street Bikeway Project, aiming to make downtown safer for cyclists. The city’s 2017 Bicycle Plan says 8.5% of residents use bikes to commute, one of the highest rates in the U.S. The city’s boulevard network uses nearly 16 miles of streets to encourage cyclists to use safer streets featuring traffic calming elements. Overall, Berkeley has 51 miles of bike lanes and paved and unpaved paths throughout the city and UC Berkeley.

Much of Thursday’s discussion centered on Vision Zero, a plan implemented in cities all over the world, including San Francisco. The goal is to eliminate traffic-related fatalities by 2028.