Vision Zero Reduces Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

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In recent years, the United States has seen local governments adopt “Vision Zero” policies to reduce road fatalities. These policies, which have been successful elsewhere, have attracted even greater attention since the outbreak of the pandemic. During this time traffic deaths and injuries have risen.

The Vision Zero Network, is a non-profit dedicated to helping local governments implement Vision Zero. In 1997 , Sweden was the first country to implement. Since then, its traffic fatalities have been reduced by half, which has inspired other governments to take similar steps. Vision Zero is also being implemented for all of the European Union.

These policies have been adopted by more than 40 US communities, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Portland, Ore. Many data points in Portland are helping government officials to better understand how to reduce fatalities and injuries. Portland took the initiative to create a pedestrian safety system. This includes street lighting, frequent safe crossings, and cultural acceptance of slower speeds. It also educates people about how to safely interact on the streets.

Success in Hoboken (NJ)

Hoboken, which is home to approximately 54,000 people, has had zero traffic deaths since 2021. The Vision Zero program by Mayor Ravi Bhalla has been instrumental in this. Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s 2019 executive orders have led to the city expanding its bike-lane network by 38 percent in 2019 & 2020. With 16.3 miles of the street network, it now makes up nearly half of the 33 miles of streets in the city.

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To give pedestrians seven seconds of advantage, the city has installed curb extensions at intersections. It also marked wider crosswalks and used timed traffic signals. If it is warmer, the city closes major commercial areas and assigns “slow streets” to reduce traffic and velocities.

Mayor Bhalla stated that while we have made significant progress over the last three years with no pedestrian deaths and a decrease in pedestrian injuries, we will continue to work towards creating safer streets for the future”With the implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan, it will be feasible to take more decisive action to fulfill our Vision Zero objective of completely eradicating all traffic-related fatalities or injuries by 2030.

One of the most challenging Vision Zero objectives in the entire nation is this one.

These steps are being taken nationwide to make entire communities safer. Insurers could pass on the savings from lower accident rates to consumers as they did in the pandemic.

The U.S. The U.S. federal government has now announced Vision Zero. Federal transportation officials published a plan in January to reduce the number of road deaths each year that exceeds tens of thousand.

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