The goal of the Safer Streets program is to re-engineer Fremont’s transportation system to safely accommodate all travel modes, ages, and abilities, and to calm traffic speeds so that the consequence of traffic crashes does not result in the loss of life. It is noted that a majority of fatal traffic crashes in Fremont occur on streets with speed limits over 40 miles per hour.
Safety Priority Street Network
Fremont has conducted an analysis of major (severe injury and fatal) traffic crash data to identify a network of “Safety Priority Streets.” This network consists of a subset of the overall Fremont roadway network that accounts for an outsized share of major crashes and helps the City prioritize safety improvement locations.
Upcoming Safety Projects
Install new traffic signals and pedestrian signals at Blacow Rd./Gatewood St., Grimmer Blvd./Seneca Park Ave., Mowry Ave./Waterside Cir., Fremont Blvd./Norris Rd.
Install flashing beacons to improve the visibility of crossings at Warren Ave./Bradley St., Washington Blvd./Olive Ave., Driscoll Rd. /Chiltern Dr./Mission Creek Trail, Driscoll Rd./Joyce Ave., Paseo Padre Pkwy./Baylis St., Paseo Padre Pkwy./Surry Pl., Fremont Blvd./Margery Dr., Walnut Ave./BART Driveway
Install in-street “Yield for Pedestrians” crossing signs at additional high priority crossing locations citywide
Install upgraded bikeways in Walnut Ave, Grimmer Blvd, Paseo Padre Pkwy, Driscoll Rd, and Stevenson Blvd corridors
Implement low-cost school area improvements such as high visibility crosswalks, new stop signs, and improved signage at 20 schools citywide (complementing an additional 20 schools completed in 2018)
Completed Safety Projects
Brightened citywide streetlights with LED for better nighttime visibility.
Retrofitted all traffic signals citywide with pedestrian countdown timers.
Built better bikeways -added more buffered lanes, green bike lanes, and installed the first protected bikeways in Fremont along Walnut Ave, Stevenson Blvd, and Fremont Blvd
Rapidly responded to "hot spot" safety issues (Grimmer curve, Niles stop sign, Starr speed lumps, Paseo Padre Parkway stop signs, Fremont Boulevard/Old Warm Springs signal)
Constructed new multi-modal streetscapes which enhanced pedestrian and bicycle paths (Capitol Avenue, Warm Springs Boulevard)
Installed speed lumps to slow down speeding in priority neighborhood locations.
Installed enhanced pedestrian crossings with high visibility crosswalks and advance yield markings through roadway resurfacing program
Reduced commuter traffic through neighborhoods by implementing turn restrictions and partnering with WAZE (a community-based traffic and navigation app) to eliminate navigation cut-through routes.
Completed school access safety assessments at all 40 public schools citywide to identify improvements that will encourage students to walk and bike to school and improve overall school traffic operations (expanded partnership with Fremont Unified School District)
Project Spotlight: LED Streetlight Retrofit
Data collected in 2015 showed that 47% of major crashes in Fremont occurred between 6 p.m.-10 p.m. due to poor nighttime visibility. In Fall 2016, the City began retrofitting all streetlights on major roadways and residential neighborhoods to LED from HPS (high -pressure sodium) lamps. Since the completion of the LED Streetlight Upgrade, the percentage of major crashes occurring in the evening has been reduced by 29%.