The Facts

When adjusted for population, the City of Santa Barbara has a problem every bit as severe as the big cities.  Averaged over the past ten years, fully 43% of all traffic fatalities in our city were pedestrians while cyclists made up 21% of all injured in collisions.  

10 years of deaths 10 years of injuries

According to the California State Office of Traffic Safety, Santa Barbara has the second & third highest bicyclist & pedestrian collision rates, respectively, in the state for cities of similar size.  See the rating results below.  Also of alarming note:  Santa Barbara ranks first in the state for alcohol-related collisions.  We can and must do better!

City of Santa Barbara OTS Collision Ratings
‘OTS Ranking’ shows Santa Barbara’s rank out of 103 cities of similar size.

Further Reading & Resources

“Road Traffic Injuries Fact Sheet,” by World Health Organization. This contains a link to WHO’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013.
“Dangerous by Design” Report 2014 by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition
“Vision Zero: Making Pedestrian Safety a Public Priority,” Article in two parts at Better Cities and Towns
“De Blasio Looks Toward Sweden for Road Safety,” from the New York Times
“San Francisco to Examine Lowering Speed Limits as Part of Pedestrian Safety Campaign,” from the Examiner
“To Make Streets Safe, Make Them Dangerous,” from The American Conservative
“Vision Zero for NYC,” Transportation Alternatives
Pedestrian Initiatives,” San Francisco County Transportation Authority (Vision Zero website and video)

Vision Zero Network National Website

Vision Zero in San Jose

Vision Zero video from Nevada.

 Vision Zero Toolkit, by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and California Walks