Mayor Levar Stoney is on a mission to make Richmond’s roads safer for pedestrians and bikers. The mayor this morning singed a pledge to make Richmond a Vision Zero city.
Vision Zero is a global strategy designed to change the mindset that traffic fatalities and accidents with serious injuries are inevitable to the belief that they are preventable. The proclamation comes after a string of recent pedestrian injuries and deaths.
Richmond has already taken many steps and invested in traffic calming features, bike lanes, and other improvements towards making streets safer for everyone. Today’s declaration will likely lead to further action in this direction over the coming months and years.
More context from the Vision Zero Network:
The impact of traffic deaths and injuries is felt most acutely at the local level. In too many cities, our transportation systems are out of synch with our priorities for improved health, sustainability, equity and economic well-being. Increasingly, leaders at the community and local level are mobilizing for Vision Zero, building the momentum from the ground up for a national campaign that transforms our streets into safe spaces for all.
We can save lives, prevent severe injuries, increase physical activity, while also benefitting the environment, the local economy, and advancing equity. And we can do it with proven strategies such as:
- Lowering speed limits
- Redesigning streets
- Implementing meaningful behavior change campaigns
- Enhancing data-driven traffic enforcement
By taking action at the local (and state) levels to prioritize safety in our policies and practices, we can create a new reality in which everyone — those of us walking and driving, and those of us riding a bus or a bike — feel safe and comfortable moving about our communities.