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.


The Vision Zero 2020 Status Report and Action Plan was approved by City Council in 2016 and outlined 13 action items under the themes of Safer Streets, Safer People, and Safer VehiclesView Year 1 accomplishments and a list of completed projects under Safer Streets below.  

Completed Projects

Project Name
Action Item #
1. Brightened citywide streetlights with LED for better night time visibility 4
2. Retrofitted all traffic signals citywide with pedestrian countdown timers 1
4. Built better bikeways -added more buffered lanes, green bike lanes, and installed the first protected bikeway in Fremont 6
5. 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) 8
6. Constructed new multi-modal streetscapes which enhanced pedestrian and bicycle
paths (Capitol Avenue, Warm Springs Boulevard)

7. Installed speed lumps to slow down speeding in priority neighborhood locations. 8
8. 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. 8
9. Completed school access safety assessments 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) 9
10. Adopted new Pedestrian Master Plan with safety improvement goals. 2, 7

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.