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.