FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Pedestrians Seriously Injured in One Night
SAN DIEGO (February 1, 2018) – Two pedestrians were struck by cars while crossing San Diego streets last night. At approximately 6:20 P.M, a driver hit a woman crossing University Avenue, one of the most dangerous corridors in San Diego, leaving her in life threatening condition. The other pedestrian was hit crossing La Jolla Boulevard resulting in a spinal fracture.
“We must all do our part to be safe, and drivers have a special obligation to watch for more vulnerable road users,” said Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager for Circulate San Diego. “San Diego must prioritize traffic calming measures, which will save lives.”
Circulate San Diego and a diverse coalition of 20 organizations have promoted a campaign for the last two years called Vision Zero, with the goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Mayor Faulconer and the San Diego City Council adopted a 10-year Vision Zero strategy in 2015.
The concept behind Vision Zero is that traffic deaths are preventable – through safe street design, education, and enforcement. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities. To date, 20 cities across the U.S. have adopted a Vision Zero goal.
2017 saw a decrease in pedestrian and all traffic fatalities. However, pedestrians still account for nearly 50% of all traffic fatalities. No loss of life is acceptable and these pedestrian collisions show that more work is needed.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.