Safe System

Improving the overall safety of the transportation system was a core need and priority coming out of the 2020 Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP). To this end, Alameda CTC is providing resources on safety best practices through trainings and information exchanges with members of ACTAC. This webpage includes resources on the Safe System Approach and Vision Zero implementation, including documents and video examples of implementation. This webpage will be updated as new resources become available.

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The Safe System Approach is a national road safety leadership initiative that aims to develop a coordinated approach to reaching zero deaths in the transportation system within the next 30 years. The Safe System Approach is related to Vision Zero policies and practices and complements other relevant efforts by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Alameda CTC staff organized a mini-training and information exchange for the May 2021 ACTAC meeting on the Safe System Approach:

Vision Zero Network (VZN): the Vision Zero Network is a collaborative campaign helping communities reach their goals of Vision Zero -- eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries -- while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. As a nonprofit project, the Vision Zero Network is committed to defining, building momentum, and advancing Vision Zero in communities across the U.S.

Institute of Transportation Engineers-Vision Zero: ITE has a Vision Zero Committee which includes many resources that help local agencies implement Vision Zero programs nationwide. Launched in 2020, the ITE Vision Zero Standing Committee was created to advance the goals of the Vision Zero and Towards Zero Deaths movements. This Standing Committee involves partners from a variety of public, private, and other non-profit organizations, as well as passionate volunteers from ITE’s own membership.

Institute of Transportation Engineers – Speed Management: The ITE Speed Management for Safety Resource Hub is an up-to-date collection of industry-wide guidance available nationally on speed management. It pulls together resources from FHWA as well as leading non-profit organizations advancing practices in four categories: Speed as a Safety Problem, Setting Speed Limits, Measures for Managing Speed, and Creating a Speed Management Program. Each resource includes detailed annotation on relevancy to speed management in the U.S and its relation to using speed management to increase transportation safety.

Bike Facility Planning and Multimodal Design Guides

School Safety
In Alameda County, the Cities of Fremont and Berkeley have implemented Vision Zero policies. See below for links to their websites.

Vision Zero in Alameda County

Other Efforts in Alameda County
The City of Oakland has developed a Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative, with the purpose of preventing serious and fatal traffic crashes and eliminate crash inequities in the City. This site has many resources that provide crash data for Oakland and crash prevention design elements.

Local Examples of Safety Projects
In response to discussion with ACTAC in May 2021, educational or “how to” videos and resources are compiled here on specific treatments related to Safe System implementation such as roundabouts and pedestrian beacons (HAWK signals), and other safety countermeasures. The videos can be used to help users of all modes navigate what may be new design treatments for a particular community.

How to use Roundabouts
More information on roundabouts can be found on the City of Alameda Central Avenue project page under the “Details” section.

How to use Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons/HAWK Signals


How to use Protected Intersections


How to use Different Bicycle Facilities