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Safe Streets Long Beach Action Plan

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The Safe Streets Long Beach initiative aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2026. The Safe Streets Long Beach Action Plan, which was adopted in July 2020, sets Long Beach on a clear path to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries Citywide. The plan uses data analysis, community input, and best practice research to identify programs and policies that can make our streets safer for everyone.

Keystone Actions

The Safe Streets LB Action Plan will propose a series of Keystone Actions to move Long Beach towards zero traffic deaths and serious injuries. These actions are a first step toward making our streets safer for everyone.

  • Keystone Action #1: Dedicate Resources to Vision Zero
  • Keystone Action #2: Lower Vehicle Speeds
  • Keystone Action #3: Implement Best Practice Street Design
  • Keystone Action #4: Expand Multimodal Safety Education Campaign
  • Keystone Action #5: Collect Better Data to Make Better Decisions
  • Keystone Action #6: Prioritize Road Safety Investments through an Equity Lens
  • Keystone Action #7: Examine City Processes and Forge Partnerships at the Local, Regional and State Level to Support Safe Streets Implementation

Resident Feedback

We listened to community members tell us about their experiences getting around Long Beach and what they think should be done to improve traffic safety. Over 650 community members joined us at “pop-up” events all over the city to share their stories about how they have been personally impacted by unsafe roadway conditions or user behaviors. Tragically, some of their stories recounted instances of traffic-related serious injury or loss of loved ones. Our community has made it very clear that they want to see action to create safer streets for people. 
More information regarding event outreach and listening sessions.

Speed Reduction

Our data shows that collisions are most frequently caused by motorists and motorcyclists that drive “too fast for conditions.” Because higher speeds increase both the risk of a collision and the likelihood of serious injury or death, reducing the speed at which motorists travel is essential to creating safer streets. The human body cannot withstand high speed collisions with vehicles and chances of dying from impact by a vehicle greatly increases as vehicle speed increases. Proven methods to reduce speeding include narrowing or repurposing vehicle lanes and increasing enforcement.

Vulnerable Road Users

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when involved in collisions because they are less protected than motorists. Together, these three travel modes account for only 14 percent of collisions but represent 65 percent of all traffic deaths and serious injuries in Long Beach. The lower number of people walking, bicycling, and riding motorcycles compared to driving further underscores the need for a people-first approach to making streets safer for these vulnerable users and accommodating the transportation needs of people of all ages and abilities.

Next Steps

The Safe Streets Long Beach Action Plan was adopted by City Council on July 14, 2020. We encourage residents, business owners, and stakeholders to follow our ongoing effort to improve transportation safety in Long Beach. Follow @GoActiveLB on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for the latest news and info. And don't forget to use the hashtag #SafeStreetsLB.

Questions? Comments? Email: goactivelb@longbeach.gov