Safer Streets

Safety Priority Streets - 2014-2016 Collisions

The Vision Zero approach recognizes that human errors are inevitable and unpredictable, and accordingly, the transportation system should be designed to anticipate error so the consequence is not severe injury or death.

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.

Completed 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.
  • Begun 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)
  • Adopted new Pedestrian Master Plan with safety improvement goals.

Upcoming Improvements

The following improvements are planned for 2018 as part of the Vision Zero program:
  • Install in-street “Yield for Pedestrians” crossing signs at 40 high priority crossing locations citywide
  • Install new traffic signals at Blacow Rd./Gatewood St., Grimmer Blvd./Seneca Park Ave., Mowry Ave./Waterside Cir., Fremont Blvd./Norris Rd.
  • Install flashing beacons to improve 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 upgraded bikeways in Central Ave, Grimmer Blvd, Paseo Padre Pkwy, Driscoll Rd, and Stevenson Blvd corridors
  • Complete school safety assessements and implement low-cost improvements such as high visibility crosswalks, new stop signs, and improved signage at 20 schools citywide
  • Adopt new Bicycle Master Plan with enhanced bikeway recommendations

Project Spotlight

LED Streetlight Upgrade

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%.  View our LED Streetlight Retrofit project video and visit the City's LED Streetlight homepage for more information.  

Enhanced Pedestrian Crossings

As part of its roadway resurfacing program, Fremont is now looking for opportunities to enhance uncontrolled pedestrian crossings to improve the visibility of pedestrians and yielding compliance by motorists.  Typical treatments include high visibility crosswalks, advance yield markings (“sharks teeth”), and hashed striping between lanes to prevent vehicles from making unsafe passing maneuvers.  View the video below explaining how these treatments work in more detail.