GOAL: Promote Street Calming and Reform of Inequitable Traffic Enforcement Policies in Oakland By Forming A Coalition to Equitably Address Excessive Speeds on Our Streets.
Unsafe Streets Disparately Impact low income residents, seniors, disabled persons and communities of color.
Existing Enforcement Practices are applied inequitably, contribute to overpolicing, and are ineffectual at changing dangerous behaviors
Fines and fees related to traffic infractions inequitably impact low income drivers
Traffic Violence Has a Major Impact in Oakland and Speed is one of the leading contributing factors to such crashes
From 2014 to 2018 more than 12,000 vehicle collisions were reported on Oakland streets, causing 140 fatalities. Over 1500 pedestrians and 950 bicyclists were struck by vehicles. One in four Oaklanders killed are involved in a crash where speed is a primary factor.
Neighborhoods with more lower income residents tend to be disparately impacted by excessive speeds
High speeds and traffic violence affect Oakland communities not only physically, but also economically. Studies have shown that fatality rate are twice as high in America’s poorest neighborhoods as in higher-income neighborhoods. The High Injury Corridors in Oakland are largely located in areas identified as “highly disadvantaged,” with greater barriers to mobility.
To establish greater Transportation equity we have to make the least expensive forms of transportation accessible, reliable and safe. And we must remedy a historic lack of investment in low-income neighborhoods where a disproportionate number of crashes with severe and fatal injuries occur.
CRASHES INEQUITABLY IMPACT OAKLANDERS BY RACE AND AGE
- Black Oaklanders are 3 times as likely to be killed or severely injured while walking
- Asian residents are 2 times as likely to be killed or severely injured while walking
- Those over 65 years old are 2 times more likely to be killed in a crash. 67% of their fatalities occur while walking
THE SLOW OAKLAND PLEDGE
Join our effort! Many of us are multi-modal users of the streets. We walk, we bike, we transit and sometimes we drive. Those of us who drive any amount – daily, or just occasionally – can all be part of making our streets and our community better by thinking more about our own driving. If each of us drives slower and more deliberately we can help incrementally change the culture of speeding in Oakland.
Join us in simply pledging to lead by example and to drive at speeds no greater than the speed limit. Add your name to the pledge today!
And if you can, please display our “Slow Oakland” sticker on your bumper or in another visible location, or post our badge to social media to help spread the word about this community-driven effort!
THE PLEDGE: “I want to do my part to make Oakland’s streets safer and change the culture of speeding on Oakland Streets. I pledge to lead by example and drive my own vehicle no more than the speed limit to help SLOW OAKLAND!!”
We’re looking to collect 500 pledges by the end of December 2019. Please come out and get others to sign on to the pledge during our December outreach days!
Tell us if you can help this coming weekend:
- Saturday, 12/14 at Grand Lake Farmers Market (10am-1pm)
- Sunday, 12/15 at Foothill and Fruitvale (1pm – 4pm)