If 30,000 people were killed each year in the United States by a curable illness, we would call it a public health crisis. We would deploy resources, vaccines and interventions to address the spread and bring the death toll to the only acceptable level: zero. Yet, every year 30,000+ people are killed in preventable traffic collisions in this country. Vision Zero asks us to see those traffic deaths like polio or cholera: epidemics that, with an urgent health framing and public response, can be eradicated. In this case study we explore how San Francisco, New York City and Chicago are using the tools of public health — including epidemiology, research and a focus on the root causes of health inequities — to advance their Vision Zero efforts.
There’s certainly no silver bullet to solving the epidemic of traffic violence. In fact, by definition, Vision Zero is a multi-pronged approach to the complex problem of street safety. But one thing is crystal clear: Speed kills. We know that speed is a common factor in traffic fatalities and severe injuries — especially for people […]
As I walked with more than 100 people in San Francisco’s first-ever commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims, I saw signs of hope. Tragically, we know the commemoration and action of millions worldwide will not bring back the loved ones lost to traffic violence, nor take away the suffering of those […]
Blog by Leah Shahum and Alex Stone On November 15, Kristi Finney-Dunn will post a nearly life-size silhouette of her son, Dustin (pictured right), at the spot where he was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Four years ago, Dustin was simply bicycling home in Portland, Ore. when his life was tragically cut short […]
In the waning moments of 2013, as many Bay Area revelers prepared to ring in the New Year, six-year-old Sofia Liu was struck and killed by an Uber while crossing the street in San Francisco. It marked the end of a particularly fatal year for bicyclists and pedestrians — and the start of a mobilization […]