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Creating Safer Streets


San Mateo County residents are walking, biking, and using public transportation more than 10 years ago. However, San Mateo County has high walking and biking collision rates, particularly in Daly City, the border between North Fair Oaks and Redwood City , the border between San Mateo and Burlingame, near schools, and along El Camino Real.

  • 39% of all pedestrian and bike collisions occur within a quarter mile of a school.
  • 1 in 3 of pedestrian and bicycle deaths are among our Black population, although they are only 3% of San Mateo County’s population.
  • 2,362 people died or were injured while walking or biking in San Mateo County between 2009 and 2013.

These people could have been safe if we had healthier streets. Streets need to be safer in our communities of color, where more bike and pedestrian collisions occur. The areas near schools are where more youth who are walking or riding a bike are being injured or killed.

El Camino Real is also a corridor where more pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in collisions, and needs to be safer so that more people feel safe walking, biking, and using transit.

Opportunities for Action

There are many ways you can take action for your community. Watch our video Strengthening Communities through Healthier Streets for more on how you can improve safety on streets in your city.

From focusing development near transit to using existing streets more efficiently, you can start prioritizing people and not cars on our streets. Catch the promo for a quick teaser.

In a new Creating Healthier Streets report, we highlight the connection between health and safety and how increasing opportunities for people to safely walk, bike, and take transit can save lives, prevent injuries, and improve health. 

The report releases the latest data on where more bike and pedestrian collisions and deaths occur. It shows that areas near schools and neighborhoods with communities of color have some of the highest rates of bike and pedestrian collisions. Out of all pedestrian and bike collisions in San Mateo County, 18% occur on El Camino Real. 

We can promote the health and safety of everyone who uses our streets by focusing on improving areas with the highest percentages of preventable collisions and deaths. To take a closer look at the health of your city’s streets, please contact us.