Support a safer Orange Grove:

Stand up for road safety improvements and investment in Pasadena.


Orange Grove Blvd is being considered for upgrades that would protect thousands of people every day.

Pasadena is one of California's most dangerous cities when it comes to walking and biking. Since 2009, the city has consistently ranked within the top five most dangerous among cities of similar size for injuries and fatalities to people walking (with older adults being at particularly high risk), and within the top six for people riding bikes.

Source: California's Office of Transportation Safety (OTS) ( link)

In 2015, the City laid out a plan to stop these needless injuries and deaths by building a network of safer streets, including Orange Grove as a key street north of the 210 freeway. The planned improvements would preserve commercial street parking, curb reckless driving, and protect people who walk and ride bikes. If implemented, thousands of people at schools, businesses, and churches along and near Orange Grove would be less exposed to dangerous cut-through traffic.

Source: Pasadena DoT Bicycle Transportation Action Plan (link)

Fully funded by CA state grants and ready to go in June 2018, the project would invest in local businesses by making Orange Grove a shopping destination, instead of a freeway through the neighborhood.

An example image of a street with the same configuration as Orange Grove Blvd after improvements.

Source: Nat'l Assoc of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Urban Street Design Guide. See an explanation with "before" vs. "after" images.

Unfortunately, the project is in danger of being cancelled without any public input... but we can stop this!

One simple way to take action:


What we do on Orange Grove matters.

446 people have been hurt in traffic crashes on Orange Grove in the last 5 years.

Orange Grove Boulevard has been the site of 301 collisions in the past 5 years. That's even more than Colorado Blvd (421 people in 319 collisions) and Washington Blvd (307 people in 217 collisions).

Data was downloaded through UC Berkeley's TIMS for the latest available five-year period (2012-2016) and filtered for location (primary or secondary street = Orange Grove, Colorado, Washington, etc.). Only secondary street collisions with a distance of 0 feet from the intersection were included.

Memorial for traffic collision victims in Pasadena

More than 10% of families living along Orange Grove do not own a car.

Safe mobility is a fundamental civil right: unsafe traffic has a bigger negative effect on the lives of families who rely on walking, biking, and public transit to get around.

According to the US Census, a relatively high number of families living along Orange Grove (12% overall, 15% for West Pasadena, and up to 30% in the neighborhood south of Orange Heights) do not own a car.

The basic safety and mobility needs of families living on Orange Grove are not being met by the current road design. Redesigning Orange Grove with safety in mind is essential to facilitating access to jobs, school, shopping, and transit.

Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, (Form B08203) as compiled by @shanedphillips. Legend refers to fraction of households (X out of 1.0) without a car.

Segmented map showing share of car-free households in North West Pasadena along Orange Grove

A pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a car at 40 mph -- the posted speed limit on most of Orange Grove -- has a 90% chance of dying.

When people treat Orange Grove like a freeway, everyone who uses this street is put at risk. Children and older adults are particularly vulnerable to fast-moving traffic, especially when walking to and from the schools, churches, care homes, and community centers along Orange Grove. We demand better.

Speed infographic from the Seattle DoT's Vision Zero Plan.

Relationship between car speed and risk of pedestrian death