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Crossing to Safety: Alhambra Pedestrians Struggle With Traffic

Pedestrian walking through crosswalk on the corner of 2nd and Main St. in Alhambra. Photo courtesy of Active SGV.


Alhambra , 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.

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1 thought on “Crossing to Safety: Alhambra Pedestrians Struggle With Traffic”

  1. The traffic signals in Alhambra are very old and need to be updated badly. Here are the issues:
    1) Many traffic signals on Main St have crosswalk buttons that don’t work.
    2) Traffic signals in Alhambra are not programmed correctly. Traffic piles up on side streets because it takes FOREVER for the light to change to green. Many people on facebook complain about this happening at many intersections, especially along Main St.
    3) The traffic signals are in poor physical condition. The signal heads are hard to see in general. The red and green lights are not bright on a lot of these older signal heads.
    4) Many intersections are in dire need of either red turn arrows or the newer flashing yellow arrows that can be programmed to allow restricted or permissive left hand turns for varied traffic volumes during various times of day. The city needs to get rid of the 5 bulb signal heads and use the flashing yellow arrows instead.
    **The intersections at Mission/Chapel and Mission/Garfield are extremely dangerous for left hand turns. Cars speed down MIssion, trying to beat the red light. At the same time, cars are making an unprotected left turn as the light is changning. These 2 intersection constantly have accidents.

    One would think with all the money collected for parking tickets that upgrading the traffic signals could be funded. Also, the traffic commission seldom meets and many meetings are cancelled because of lack of traffic issues. Really?