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Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

GUESTS:

Jim Stone, executive director, Circulate San Diego

Randy Van Vleck, active transportation manager, City Heights Community Development Corporation

Transcript

San Diego's Dangerous Roads

According to Circulate San Diego, 30 percent of traffic collisions in the city happen on these eight roads:

• Fifth Avenue

• Broadway

• El Cajon Boulevard

• Euclid Avenue

• Garnet Avenue

• Imperial Avenue

• Market Street

• University Avenue

Elected officials and police leaders backed a plan Monday to make San Diego streets safer and eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2025.

Circulate San Diego, a regional nonprofit, proposed a plan called Vision Zero. It uses a strategy to improve safety in a few key corridors that the group found to be the most dangerous for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Some of the proposed methods for reducing the number of traffic fatalities to zero include making travel lanes narrower to slow down traffic. The plan also calls for adding more visible crosswalks and bike lanes.

Jim Stone, executive director of Circulate San Diego, said the number of collisions vary by neighborhood.

"One of the most shocking statistics is if you live in a low-income neighborhood, you are 10 times more likely to be hit by a car," Stone told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday. "Your economic setting is a major determinant in how safe you are."

The Vision Zero idea comes from Sweden, which passed the initiative in 1997. Several other U.S. cities are using the plan, including San Francisco, Boston and New York.

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