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Safe Streets Data

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. 
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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.

Age and Gender of Victims

Interventions and education programs must be data-driven and focused on the most at-risk populations. The content and messaging of education and enforcement initiatives must take into account that travel behavior can vary by age and other factors. For example, Long Beach collision data shows that primarily male teens and young adults represent a disproportionate share of those killed or seriously injured by traffic collisions. As in other aspects of life, the reality is that men in this age group may engage in more risky behaviors. The values and attitudes of this population should be reflected in any educational efforts encouraging safe travel behaviors.