This year, 14 people walking have died in San Diego. This was the total number of deaths last year, the highest rate in a decade, and we still have four months remaining. Just last week two people walking were injured with life threatening injuries, and a third died. Earlier this week, a bicyclist was seriously injured in North Park.
These deaths are preventable and you can help. Help us support a vision for zero deaths and serious injuries.
We launched our Vision Zero initiative earlier this year with the support of Mayor Faulconer, Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Marti Emerald, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman and our Vision Zero coalition partners.
The next step is support for a Vision Zero Resolution scheduled on the agenda for next Wednesday’s Infrastructure Committee.
With the Vision Zero Resolution, we are asking the City to commit to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. Yes a big goal, but attainable and certainly worthy. The Resolution – if adopted by City Council – will direct City staff to create a Vision Zero action plan outlining steps they can take with the help of multiple departments and the Mayor’s office to make our streets safer.
Once passed at Infrastructure Committee, it will go on to the larger City Council for adoption.