Data Points

Tracking pedestrian traffic deaths in 9-county Bay Area

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Three Bay Area counties appear to be making progress in reducing pedestrian traffic deaths, while in other counties the numbers of fatalities are relatively unchanged. 

San Francisco, Santa Clara and Solano counties each reduced pedestrian deaths from 2015 to 2017, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, with data collected by the California Highway Patrol. 

Here’s how the counties ranked in 2017 by the number of pedestrian traffic deaths.

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1. Santa Clara County — 28
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2. Alameda County — 25
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3. Contra Costa County — 21
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4. San Mateo County — 16
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5. San Francisco — 15
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6. Sonoma County — 9
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7. Solano County — 3
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8. Napa County — 2
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9. Marin County — 2
1. Santa Clara County — 28
2. Alameda County — 25
3. Contra Costa County — 21
4. San Mateo County — 16
5. San Francisco — 15
6. Sonoma County — 9
7. Solano County — 3
8. Napa County — 2
9. Marin County — 2

Deaths in San Francisco dropped from 24 in 2015 to 15 in 2017. Deaths in Santa Clara County decreased from 40 to 28 over that period and in Solano County deaths fell from 15 to three. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional agency that plans, finances and coordinates transportation in the Bay Area, is working on a data-driven regional safety program that addresses fatalities and injuries. 

“While this effort is still in its very early stages, the vision … is to establish a regional program that would gather from and share with Bay Area cities and counties more detailed information on incident types, locations, etc.,” said John Goodwin, a spokesman for the agency.

SourceUniversity of California at Berkeley and SWITRSMetropolitan Transportation Commission