De Blasio’s First 100 Days Speech: Vision Zero Has “Just Begun”

Graphic from today's speech via ##https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/454295949049749504##@NYCMayorsOffice##
Graphic from today’s speech via ##https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/454295949049749504##@NYCMayorsOffice##

Mayor de Blasio mentioned Vision Zero pretty early in his first 100 days speech this afternoon. He said the program has “just begun” to address what he called a “growing epidemic of pedestrian deaths.” Traffic deaths are down 26 percent, the mayor noted.

There were 51 traffic deaths through the end of March, compared to 69 during the first three months of 2013. Injuries are down 8 percent, from 11,650 to 10,729.

Motorists killed 27 pedestrians and cyclists on surface streets through March, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog, and NYPD data showed 45 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities during the same time frame last year — a 40 percent decrease, though this year’s count may be incomplete at this point.

Also on the transportation front, de Blasio said DOT filled 289,000 potholes in the first quarter, compared to 115,000 in 2013.

  • Emmily_Litella

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  • Jsalsa

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  • DukeGanote

    Zero vision has had its day. Ten years after the Norwegian authorities launched its zero casualties objective for road safety, statistics have not improved.

    So says Trond Åge Langeland, staff engineer at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and a PhD graduate from the University of Stavanger. He based his thesis on interviews with 30 experts on road safety, and his conclusion is less than encouraging.

    Since the mid-1990’ies, the number of people killed in road accidents has not decreased significantly. 560 people were killed in traffic accidents in 1970. Fifteen years on, the was less than 300. The National Transport Plan 2002-2011 was launched in 1999, and the zero vision with it. Since then, the number of fatalities has remained largely unchanged.

    “The zero vision has drawn more attention to road safety, but it has not yielded any significant short-term gains so far,” Langeland says.

    SOURCE: Aiming to reduce fatal traffic accidents: Zero vision, zero results?
    Date: January 22, 2010

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