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Alhambra Pedestrian Collision Data Offers Some Surprises

There were 17 collisions in Alhambra between January and May this year. Half of them happened on Main St. and Valley Blvd. Photo by Leah Chang.


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In a recent story and video on pedestrian safety, the Alhambra Source reported that 17 people had been involved in traffic collisions in Alhambra from January to May of this year.

While  reporting the story, our Leah Chang filed a records request with the city for information to determine the ages of those involved in the incidents.

In her reporting, Chang found that Alhambra has been identified as one of the most dangerous cities in the state for senior pedestrians by the California Office of Traffic Safety. And while that is demonstrably true, the information from the city, which Alhambra Source received Thursday, indicates that pedestrians of all ages are vulnerable to traffic collisions.

Of the 17 people involved in the the January to May report, seven were over the age of 50. The age range runs from 10 at the youngest to 88 at the oldest. In terms of age grouping, those in their 40s made up the high end of the city’s report with six involved in collisions. The severity of injuries from these collisions was not detailed in the report.

In addition, the report shows that eleven of those collisions were classified as Failure to Yield to Pedestrian.

For those of you who may have missed it, here is Leah Chang’s video report.

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  1. Shirley Tatsuno

    As this article reveals age doesn’t matter when it comes to pedestrian traffic accidents. I agree many drivers do not yield to pedestrians. I like to walk around Alhambra. After many years of walking, knowing we have a lot of impatient or fast drivers, I have developed a habit of looking around for on coming traffic or I try to make eye contact with the nearby driver before I step off the curb. I notice many pedestrians do not turn their heads and look around for on coming cars. Doing this may cut down on accidents.

    At very busy intersections, the walking period should give people enough time to cross safely, especially the elderly. Lately, I often walk along Valley Blvd. Atlantic/Valley Blvd is an especially busy intersection and there are lots of pedestrians because of the bus stops. I walk across quickly when the walk light comes on. When I think about it, a person that couldn’t walk quickly may not get across in time.

    I often walk across Valley Blvd. from 5th Street to Pepe’s. I make sure all cars are slowing down before I go across Valley.

    Just last week, I was in the parking lot at 24 Hour Fitness in Monterey Park. I was walking back to my car, and I was just going to walk across a one-car lane when a second car came really fast and close to me unexpectedly. I was just a second or two away from being seriously hurt.

    At the same 24 Hour Fitness at the Hellman exit, I have seen several drivers make a left turn from the dedicated right hand lane when it was green light or unbelievably when it was red light. One even from the right lane turned left beating a driver already in the left lane when the light turned green. This is also a pedestrian walking area.

    We pedestrians have to be on guard.