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.
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.
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.
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.