For much of the nation, 2020 was an awful year in terms of increased traffic fatalities (and so many other areas). Interestingly, Denver, Colorado saw a decrease in traffic deaths from 71 in 2019 to 57 in 2020 — note that Denver’s Vision Zero leaders will be quick to acknowledge this is no cause for […]
Effective advocacy requires keeping our elected leaders accountable to the vision and goals they set for our communities. With Vision Zero taking hold in more than 40 U.S. communities, advocates on the ground have a big task in helping to ensure their local leaders are holding true to the goals and timelines adopted to ensure […]
Demonstrates Safety Over Speed From Boston’s website: Neighborhood Slow Streets is a new approach to traffic calming requests in Boston. We aim to reduce the number and severity of crashes on residential streets, lessen the impacts of cut-through traffic, and add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Safe streets and a high quality of […]
As we look to measure the progress of Vision Zero, we realize that we cannot wait to only count the progress on the long-term goal of reducing traffic deaths, but also in the progress made on individual projects and programs aimed toward safety. Cities such as Seattle, Washington and New York City, highlighted in this story, are showing success in their project-focused efforts. That is, after one year of project implementation, they are demonstrating reductions in vehicle speeds, crashes, serious injuries, and traffic deaths.
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 […]