Pump the breaks
Meeting of the Minds reported that In 2016, the U.S. saw a 6% increase in road fatalities. 30-40,000 road deaths occur annually, and 59,374 of the deaths between 2010 and 2015 were completely preventable. It's time for cities to start stepping up safety measures and stepping on the break pedal.
According to Vision Zero Network, pedestrians have a lower chance of surviving accidents that take place at higher speeds. Cumulatively, 1.2 million lives are lost annually, on the road and across the world. So what can cities do to protect their residents?
Call to Action:
- The National Association of Transportation Officials 2017 Policy has called for state laws and rules that set speed limits at the 85th percentile to be repealed.
- Vision Zero Network’s 2017 Moving from Vision to Action report prioritization to directly and assertively manage speeds on roadways by collecting, analyzing and using data to manage speed to safe levels.
- California’s 2017 Toward an Active California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan’s strategy to research methods for setting and enforcing speed limits, other than the standard approach that now uses the 85th
SOURCE: Meeting of the Minds article by John Lower
In addition to taking individual efforts, cities can also consider increasing data driven by implementing SMART city technology. The data harnessed by sensors that monitor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians is captured to open up transportation options, decrease environmental costs and reduce congestion. This would also call for reviewing speed limits so that the data could be properly captured. Incorporating vehicles, pedestrians and cyclist data will impact the speed limit, making it safer and more accommodating for all ways of travel.
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