GOOD NEWS: The Vision Zero Act Of 2019 Just Introduced

THESE STAGGERING STATISTICS
Are we going to begin to wean our nation from car dependency? Cars are literally killing us.
The Vision Zero Act comes after a five-year increase in pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the U.S. A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found more pedestrians and cyclists were killed last year than in any year since 1990; approximately 17 pedestrians and two cyclists were killed each day.
GOOD NEWS
The Vision Zero Act of 2019
, a bipartisan bill introduced in the House on October 23: To provide more federal funding towards safer street design, to help to reduce the increasing number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.

NEW BILL AIMS TO COUNTER ALARMING RISE IN PEDESTRIAN DEATHS WITH FUNDING FOR SAFER STREETS

 

Bipartisan Vision Zero Act would steer highway funds towards programs for safer transit

 

“The Vision Zero Act is a critical step in our fight to reduce the number of transportation-related fatalities across our country,” said Rep. Pressley, who recently co-founded the House’s new Future of Transportation caucus. “This bill affirms the right of pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit riders to travel safely in community.”

Read about it:

https://www.curbed.com/2019/10/23/20928815/vision-zero-traffic-deaths-safe-streets-transportation

VisionZero Day Of Action: Attention to Preventable Traffic Deaths

On Sunday, November 18th  communities across U.S., and around the globe organized for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Asbury Park has thankfully not had traffic deaths that other larger cities have had. Let’s not wait until a tragedy happens to implement traffic calming measures all over the city, and #slowthecars.

 |  BY VERONICA VANTERPOOL

Every day 100 people will die in U.S. in preventable crashes. How is our community doing? Yesterday Sunday, November 18th was World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to honor those who lost lives. We join VisionZero Network and urge action for

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https://visionzeronetwork.org/sunday-nov-18-2018-day-of-action-calls-attention-to-preventable-traffic-deaths-worldwide/

What Does Vision Zero Mean?

Learn about Vision Zero from Jerry Foster of Greater Mercer TMA in an article discussing the meaning of VZ as it relates to safer streets in Princeton and in NJ. Aren’t streets and roads designed for safety…or are they primarily designed to expedite cars?

Vision Zero: A Comprehensive Re-Thinking of Road Safety

At the local level some safety advocates have recognized the urgency of the situation (National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study showing an increase in pedestrian deaths), and are taking up the cause. Below, Jerry Foster of the West Windsor Bicycle & Pedestrian Alliance outlines Vision Zero, a safety plan that has been effective in other countries that activists are trying to bring to New Jersey.

What Is Vision Zero?

It’s not just another blame-the-victim (and enforcement) safety campaign! Vision Zero is a comprehensive re-thinking of road safety that brings everyone to the table to systematically prevent crashes and reduce crash severity — just like airline and railroad crashes.

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https://princetoninfo.com/vision-zero-a-comprehensive-re-thinking-of-road-safety/

Smaller Firetrucks Get The Job Done

Many calls to a fire station are not fire related emergencies, so a huge rig with thousands of gallons of water isn’t needed to respond. Safety to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists is a benefit in situations where a smaller truck can do the job.

Fire departments are adopting Vision Zero, so why shouldn’t you?

“The good news is that, even without smaller fire vehicles, city planners and fire officials can work together in this conscious effort to improve safety, not only for people walking, but for all road users. Let San Franciso and Portland stand as examples of what can happen when groups work together (hint: everyone wins).”

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http://bikewalkcentralflorida.org/2018/05/31/fire-departments-are-adopting-vision-zero-so-why-shouldnt-you/

Vision Zero #Slowthecars

Vision Zero is working in cities all over the US. “To actually make progress or commit to Vision Zero, it will really take a transformative shift in how your city is prioritizing safe mobility.”

Asbury Park is actively working on strategies to reduce automobile speed on city streets. Stay tuned for our initiative #slowthecars.

Vision Zero Network Hires Big Gun To Focus on Slowing Drivers Down Already

About 30 U.S. cities have committed to Vision Zero, but that’s the easy part. Map: Vision Zero Network
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https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/08/21/vision-zero-network-hires-big-gun-to-focus-on-slowing-drivers-down-already/