A recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) documenting an unprecedented increase in traffic deaths among people walking was alarming enough. But to see widespread news coverage demeaning the seriousness of this issue by dumbing down the problem to one of too many pedestrians using cell phones was downright unsettling.
On October 5th, 2016, federal government, advocacy and community leaders at the national level stepped up in an unprecedented way to declare that “enough is enough” of the widespread suffering caused by traffic violence in this country. Together, we set a new goal — and with it much-needed new urgency and a new direction — called the Road to Zero, a national campaign to eliminate traffic deaths in the U.S. within the next 30 years.
Looking at trends in the short term doesn’t always paint a complete picture. Nevertheless, we can’t help but be discouraged by the direction of traffic safety in the U.S. described in two recent reports — one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and another from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). Both reports analyze recent data to answer a similar big picture question: When it comes to traffic safety, how are we doing? Unfortunately, the answer is “not good enough.”
For San Jose, Vision Zero isn’t so much an innovative import, as it is a means to articulate and accelerate local success. Last week, the California city committed to a goal of zero fatalities, and if you ask Hans Larsen, the city’s Director of Transportation, San Jose isn’t just following the trend. They’re bending the […]