LocationAlhambra , CA
If there is one subject that has been a concern in Alhambra over the years it is traffic.The number of vehicles going through the city at any given time always feels like the congestion is increasing. Some of this is a byproduct of the spillover from the I-710 stub which ends at Valley Boulevard and causes a ripple effect at peak commuter times.
With vehicular traffic comes the related issue of pedestrian safety. It is not a new issue for Alhambra, with its large population of senior residents. Back in 2011, for instance, the Alhambra Source reported that Alhambra was deemed the most dangerous city in California for senior pedestrians out of 104 cities of similar size according to 2009 statistics from the state Office of Transportation Safety.
The actual numbers in Alhambra for 2009 were 17 pedestrian accidents, four of them fatal. Turn the calendar ahead ten years and the numbers are striking.
In the first five months of this year, there have already been 17 pedestrian involved crashes in Alhambra. It was not immediately clear how many of that total involved senior pedestrians.
Our Leah Chang spoke to residents and experts on the perils of walking in Alhambra.