Protecting pedestrians: How this innovative program is creating safer streets
The National Highway Traffic Safety Admiration reports an increase in traffic fatalities over the last two years. However, programs like Vision Zero have been adopted by cities around the country. The mission is to create safer roads for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists.
D5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales pushes for further improvements on Culebra Road
SAN ANTONIO – Crossing Culebra Road near I-10 has become a dangerous gamble for Jose Olivera and his wife. According to San Antonio police, a man and woman were killed crossing Culebra near Northwest 19th Street Wednesday night. She said drivers usually don’t slow down, which has caused Culebra Road to become dangerous. The councilwoman has been the lead advocate for Vision Zero since 2015. Gonzales believes Vision Zero should be a priority for the city and its residents so more lives can be saved.
Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most
He is part of a growing epidemic of pedestrian deaths on American roadways that occur once every 90 minutes. In the early 2000s, the European Union began requiring automakers to pass pedestrian safety tests before they could sell vehicles in Europe. Vision Zeros philosophy is that traffic deaths are preventable through a systems-based approach that includes lowering speed limits in certain areas or separating pedestrians from traffic. From 2013 through 2017, traffic fatalities in New York dropped 28%, and pedestrians deaths plummeted 45%. Eliminating traffic deaths is an aspirational goal, Dan Mitchell, chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, said.latimes.com
'Vision Zero' updates city leaders on its progress
SAN ANTONIO – The city got an update on Vision Zero Wednesday, a program designed to achieve "zero" pedestrian fatalities on the roadways. During a presentation, Transportation and Capital Improvement Assistant Director Art Reinhardt said the numbers of pedestrian fatalities over the last few years have increased in San Antonio, but that it is also part of a national trend. Part of Vision Zero's action plan to achieve "zero" deaths on the road includes the "Don't Block the Box Campaign," which kicked off a few weeks ago. Kim Davila, whose son was hit at a crosswalk on Valley Hi Drive in September said she's glad the city is raising awareness about the issue. Davila said the increase in pedestrian fatalities, although scary, is not surprising because she said people are just driving too fast.