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Analysis Of Traffic Accident Data For The Charleston Arastradero Transportation Corridor (July, 2011)

Analysis Of Traffic Accident Data For The Charleston Arastradero Transportation Corridor (July, 2011)

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Traffic Accident Data for the fifteen year period of 1995-2009 was analyzed, focusing on the roadway in Palo Alto, CA known as the Charleston/Arastradero Transportation Corridor.

This is the first release of this study; additional data will be added when available.
Traffic Accident Data for the fifteen year period of 1995-2009 was analyzed, focusing on the roadway in Palo Alto, CA known as the Charleston/Arastradero Transportation Corridor.

This is the first release of this study; additional data will be added when available.

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Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Traffic Accident Analysis
Table of Contents
Topic
Section#
Executive Summary
1.0
Preface
2.0
Introduction
3.0
Overview Of The Charleston/Arastradero Transportation “Corridor”
4.0
Pictures/Videos Of “C/A Corridor” Intersections
5.0
Perspective: Traffic Accidents In Charleston/Arastradero Corridorvs City-wide Accidents
6.0
15-Year Traffic Accident History/Trends On the “C/A Corridor”
7.0
Traffic Accident Locations
8.0
Issues Involved With Traffic Accident Analysis
9.0
Intersection vs Non-Intersection Accidents In Palo Alto
10.0
Accident Locations On The “C/A Corridor” For 2009
11.0
Top-10 Most Dangerous Intersections In Palo Alto
12.0
Breakdown of Palo Alto-wide Accidents--Intersections vs Non-Intersections
13.0
Breakdown of Intersection vs Non-Intersection Accidents on“C/A Corridor”
14.0
Traffic Volume On Arastradero Road
15.0
5-Year Overview Of City-wide vs “C/A Corridor” Traffic Accidents
16.0
15-Year Casualty Counts For Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Accidents
17.0
Bicycle/Pedestrian Accidents In Palo Alto For 2009
18.0
Bicycle/Pedestrian Accidents On The “C/A Corridor” For 2009
19.0
Bicycle/Pedestrian Accidents In Peninsula Cities
20.0
Accidents Per Million-Vehicle-Miles Driven On Arastradero Road
21.0
Age of Parties Involved In Accidents On “C/A Corridor”
22.0
Alcohol/Drugs Involved Accidents
23.0
15-Year History of Accidents At Gunn High School
24.0
Accidents At the Alma/Charleston Caltrain Crossing
25.0
Effects of School Crossing Guards on Traffic Accidents On “C/A Corridor”
26.0
Root Causes of Traffic Accidents On “C/A Corridor”
27.0
Effect of Cell Phone Use on Traffic Accidents On “C/A Corridor”
28.0
“C/A Corridor” End-to-End Travel Times
29.0
Discussion
30.0
Future Investigations
31.0
Conclusion
32.0
 
1.0 Executive Summary
Traffic accident data for Palo Alto (CA), obtained from the California Highway Patrol(CHP) for the years 1995-2009, has been analyzed to provide insights into the number of accidents in Palo Alto, the kinds of accidents, and to investigate possible relationships between accident locations and the frequency/kind of accidents at those locations. Thisanalysis, necessarily data-intensive, is being released in sections. This sectioninvestigates the so-called “Charleston/Arastradero Transportation Corridor”. Given thenumerous details involved in such an analysis, several readings might be required to fullyappreciate the implications of the results. The results are presented in tabular fashion,and graphically, where trends can be easily demonstrated.
 
This analysis reveals:
There has been, on the whole, a decline in the number of reported accidents inPalo Alto over the past fifteen years.
The total number of traffic accidents in Palo Alto, on the average, tends to be alittle higher than those of other Peninsula cities.
Traffic volume data obtained from the Traffic Engineering Department shows thatthere has been a decline from about 25,000 vehicles a day in 1999, to about19,000 vehicles a day in 2011.
Accidents/MVM (Million Vehicle Milles) have decreased from about 3.3 in 1999to about 2.5 in 2011, based on decreased traffic volume alone.
Accidents on the “C/A Corridor” for the 15-year study period constitute about 4-7% of the yearly accident count for Palo Alto.
Accident counts on the “C/A Corridor” parallel the 15-year decline in the number of city-wide accidents.
During 2009, there were, on average, slightly more than one accident a month onArastradero Road, and East Charleston Road, and fewer than one accident amonth on West Charleston Road.
The number of fatal vehicle accidents in Palo Alto is very small. In like manner,the number of fatal accidents on the “C/A Corridor” is quite small. No pedestrians have been killed because of vehicular accidents during the past fifteenyears on the “C/A Corridor”.
The number of traffic accidents in Palo Alto, and the “C/A Corridor”, that involvealcohol/drugs is small.
“Unsafe Speed” Is Not The Dominant Reason For Traffic Accidents On The “C/ACorridor”.
The number of bicycle/pedestrian accidents is somewhat higher on the “C/ACorridor” than in Palo Alto, on the whole.
The intersection at East Charleston & San Antonio Road is the third mostdangerous in Palo Alto, based on accident count.
Twenty-five percent of the accidents occur at intersections on the “C/A Corridor”,the remaining 75% occur between intersections.
The traffic accident data does not include 2010, which would be helpful indetermining any clear impact on “safety” for the so-called Charleston/ArastraderoDownsizing Road Reconfiguration Project.
The highest number of vehicle accidents for 2005-2009, on average, occurred onSegment #1 (San Antonio Road to Middlefield Road) and Segment #4 (El Caminoto Foothill).
Frequent traffic volume/speed data is needed to make meaningful correlations inyear-to-year variances in the accident data.
Access to raw Traffic Accident Reports is restricted by state law, inhibiting theability to provide detailed traffic accident analyses.
The perception of “safety” on the “C/A Corridor” is based on the prevailing 25mph speed limit, which is probably too low for this road segment.

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