Vision Zero & Pedestrian Focus City
Trailnet is working to expand awareness and appreciation for Vision Zero, which is a philosophy, a policy, and a paradigm shift.
Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Vision Zero believes that all traffic deaths and serious injuries are unacceptable and preventable. Vision Zero is about eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our roadways. By determining the locations and root causes of traffic crashes in a systematic manner, cities can employ engineering, education and enforcement in targeted ways that save lives and limbs of all who use our streets.
Sweden enacted the first Vision Zero policy in 1997. Other European countries quickly followed suit, and traffic fatalities have dropped in that continent by almost 50 percent. In the past three years, more than a dozen cities across the U.S. have adopted and implemented Vision Zero policies.
The need for a Vision Zero policy and comprehensive plan in St. Louis to increase pedestrian safety through infrastructure, education, and training became a top priority. Since 2011 the City of St. Louis has been designated as a “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Focus City” by the Federal Highway Administration, due to its high pedestrian fatality rate. As a partner in this effort, Trailnet is invested in implementing the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) the City of St. Louis implemented outlining the progress we make with Vision Zero helping to create enjoyable walking environments throughout the region. Our designation as a “Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Focus City” remains today as pedestrian safety problems persist.
According to the most recent annual statewide data — 2015 pedestrian deaths from motor vehicle crashes rose more than 30% over the previous year; bicyclist deaths rose 55%. Crash records for the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County shows 729 total crashes between motor vehicles and people on foot or bike in 2015. In those crashes, 40 people died while walking or biking and 628 were injured. There were 15 pedestrian deaths in the city of St. Louis in 2016, and 15 in St. Louis County as well. (Source: MODOT weekly fatality reports) The national average for pedestrian deaths is 1.5 per 100,000 population.
Moving forward, Trailnet will monitor the City of St. Louis’ progress in implementing the details outlined in their Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. We’ll continue to raise public awareness with events like our Annual Walk and Ride of Silence advocating that traffic deaths are preventable, not inevitable while continuing to encourage the adoption of Vision Zero policies by other cities in the metro region.
Continue to monitor the progress achieved by Vision Zero cities across the country by clicking here to learn more.
Stop for Pedestrians
Trailnet will advance pedestrian safety through passage of local Stop for Pedestrian ordinances.
Nine states require motor vehicles to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Most states, including Missouri, only require vehicles to yield; some local motorists are unaware or unwilling to do even that. Based on annual pedestrian deaths and disabling injuries in our region, the need to improve pedestrian safety is clear and desperately needed.
Trailnet is advocating for a state ban on texting while driving, and a law requiring use of hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving. Missouri is one of only four states without a ban on texting for all drivers.
Cell phone use while driving quadruples the risk of an accident, about the same as if the user were driving drunk. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving without distraction. Vulnerable users of the road – pedestrians and bicyclists – are most at risk from death or serious injury by a driver who’s texting or talking on the phone.
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