Vision Zero

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NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Decline for Fifth Straight Quarter

Traffic deaths were 3.3 percent lower in the first half of 2023 than the same period last year, but not all states saw the same results.

October 2, 2023 - ABC News

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Arlington Updates Crosswalk Laws to Align With State Law, Vision Zero

The county will now require drivers to come to a full stop when encountering pedestrians in a crosswalk.

September 25, 2023 - Arl Now

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Connecticut Launches Complete Streets Standards

The new policy calls for sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks on state roads and state-funded road projects.

September 14, 2023 - Roads and Bridges

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A Vision Zero Plan for Napa Valley

The regional transportation agency released a Vision Zero that will guide a ‘Safe Systems’ approach to improving road safety.

September 12, 2023 - Napa Valley Patch

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Sheboygan Developing Complete Streets Plan

Local efforts kickstarted by a federal grant are culminating in a Vision Zero plan.

August 24, 2023 - Sheboygan Press

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Reforms Are Coming to American Road Design

The federal manual governing road design is getting an update. Will it encourage real progress toward road safety?

August 16, 2023 - National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

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San Francisco Will Lower Speed Limits on 23 Streets

A 2021 state law allows cities to reduce speed limits next to ‘business activity districts.’

August 3, 2023 - SF Gate

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What's Incomplete About Complete Streets?

Although hundreds of states and local governments have adopted Complete Streets policies, American streets keep getting more dangerous for walkers and cyclists. What's missing from Complete Streets policies?

July 10, 2023 - Michael Lewyn

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D.C. Road Safety Campaign Will Target Drivers With Dangerous Records

A pilot program will send letters and text messages directly to drivers with histories of speeding and reckless driving warning them of the increased risk for themselves and others.

June 27, 2023 - DCist

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New York Bill Would Raise Fees on Heavy SUVs

The proposed fee hike would more accurately reflect the increased risk to pedestrians posed by heavier vehicles.

June 26, 2023 - Curbed

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2022 Deadliest Year for Pedestrians in Four Decades

Pedestrian deaths reached a four-decade high last year, signaling the failure of Vision Zero policies in most U.S. cities.

June 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Beyond PSAs: Making Traffic Safety Outreach More Effective

Streetsblog surveyed readers about how road safety education can be made better.

June 20, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Experts: Vision Zero Requires Far-Reaching Investment, Culture Shift

Road safety advocates say the 2021 infrastructure bill doesn’t fully commit to its stated goals to help cities eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

June 14, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Report: Austin’s State Roads Deadlier Than City Roads

Traffic fatalities and serious injuries grew on state-owned roads in the Texas capital, even as city-owned streets saw death rates plateau.

June 6, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Striped crosswalk with yellow pedestrian crossing signs and grassy pedestrian island in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Launches ‘Safety Surge’ Traffic Calming Initiative

The new program targets neighborhood streets for safety improvements such as speed humps and intersection redesigns.

May 24, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

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FHA Issues New Pedestrian, Bike, Micromobility Guidance

The updated federal guidelines incorporate new policies created in the 2021 infrastructure law.

May 22, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Essay: How Poor Pedestrian Planning Harms Families

A lack of safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure can drive young families away from places that don’t accommodate car-free residents.

May 22, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Virginia DOT To Reduce Speed Limit on Richmond Highway

The Alexandria-to-Mount Vernon corridor has one of the highest crash rates on the roadway.

May 18, 2023 - Greater Alexandria Patch

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How Cities are Spending Safe Streets Funds

New federal grant programs are injecting millions of dollars into road safety projects in an effort to stem the alarming growth of traffic deaths on U.S. roads.

May 10, 2023 - Governing

Close-up of pedestrian crossing button at a crosswalk in Los Angeles

Report: Racial Gap in Traffic Deaths Persists

Communities of color have significantly higher rates of traffic fatalities, according to federal research.

May 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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