Research on the project:
Question: How big of a problem is this really, in Fremont especially?
Answer: This is a very active in the Fremont area over 86 accidents in just 2016. I am including one article about a Fremont school, Cabrillo Elementary school, where a 5-year old is hit by a car. https://abc7news.com/news/exclusive-fremont-parents-concerned-over-dangerous-crosswalk/1836894/
Question: Has Fremont been doing anything about it?
Fremont has been putting more signals and lights to reduce these accidents. My analysis include following.
86 accidents occured in 2015 before Fremont started putting crosswalk safety lights.
The project included adding more street lights and electronic crossing signals
These initiatives seems to be working as 2016-17 the accident reduced by 40%.
What I have learned is that the data provided shows that by adding more lights to direct attention to crossing signals it made crosswalk safer, hence fewer accidents. https://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=1816255&x=-122.000839&y=37.547698&z=3
This is a problem at a national scale:
Nearly 6,000 pedestrians die each year in crosswalks which has been climbing steadily for the last 25 years.
This problem is California: These are some main statistics outlined in an article by California’s office of traffic safety.
2016: 867 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, an almost 6 percent increase from 2015.
2016: More than 14,000 pedestrians injured.
Pedestrian deaths rose 32.8 percent between 2012 and 2016.
Nearly 8,000 people died in pedestrian-related traffic incidents in California between 2006 and 2016.
California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 30 percent higher than the national average.
No state has more pedestrian deaths on its roadways than California.