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This post, by our partners at Circulate San Diego, has been made possible by the grant-funded Focus Cities California program, a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks, which supports increased safety in walking and biking.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vision Zero encourages cities to take a data-driven approach to reducing serious injuries and traffic deaths. It is meant to be a catalyst for moving projects forward. However, it is the people who advocate for this initiative that truly build the urgency for action.

The Vision Zero Coalition is a group of advocates that are representatives of organizations throughout San Diego. Together with constituents of their community, they work towards increasing street safety by focusing on moving projects forward that protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorist. They also work to inform residents about Vision Zero and to build momentum around critical events that can lead to long-term change, such as the City’s budget approval.

Addressing fatalities means investing in upgrading city streets to incorporate improvements that create a safe space for people who walk, bike, take public transit and drive. The City’s Fiscal Year Budget is an opportunity to fund projects, programs, and prioritize initiatives throughout San Diego. Advocating that the budget reflect funding for projects envisioned by Vision Zero is a key component of assuring that our city is investing in our safety.

Circulate staffer, Paola Boylan, advocating for Vision Zero funding at FY2018 Budget Hearing.

Every year San Diego releases a proposed budget for the following fiscal year and city council members hold a meeting to listen to public opinions about the budget. This offers the public an opportunity to voice their support for both projects that are funded and those that are not. However, deciphering the budget can be intimidating and overwhelming. In order to address this issue, advocates from the Coalition came together to break down the budget components and rally community members.

This year, Circulate San Diego partnered with Bike SD, the Climate Action Campaign, and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to hold the rally and build support for pedestrian and bicycle improvements. At the gathering, people spoke about the different projects reflected in the budget that needed public support. Attendees were invited to attend the public council budget hearing meeting and were helped with speaking points that could be used to build their own testimonies.

Advocates from various neighborhoods came together at the budget hearing meeting to voice their support for pedestrians and bicycle safety improvement. The City responded by approving funding for several projects listed below.

Asks

Status

Implementation of protected bikeways outlined in the Downtown Mobility Plan. $2500000

Funds Allocated

Improvements at 15 of the deadliest intersections to ensure basic, low-cost pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements such as high visibility crosswalks, audible signals, and countdown signals are present at all intersections.

Installed at all intersections identified by the pedestrian audit, not Circulate SD

Phase 2 design of intersection SR94 at Euclid Avenue, one of the eight Vision Zero corridors.

Fully funded

Funding for a Transit Priority Area Parking Assessment

$250,000 allocated

Although these successes are a reflection of the City investing in street improvements, more support can be given to Vision Zero projects. Indicating that more work is ahead for advocates as we work towards building safer streets in our city. However, it is clear that by voicing our support for Vision Zero, we can have an impact.

Cross-posted at Circulate San Diego’s site.

This post, by our partners at Circulate San Diego, has been made possible by the grant-funded Focus Cities California program, a joint project of UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks, which supports increased safety in walking and biking.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On May 18, 2017 the task force convened and filled a conference room in the City’s Administration Building to the point that it began to feel cramped. The task force is an advisory committee that meets once a month, comprised of City staff from various departments and advocates, including Circulate San Diego, that advises the Mayor’s Office on how to implement Vision Zero. Together they reviewed and discussed the efforts that are being made by the city to further the goals of Vision Zero. Many were excited to learn about the time and effort that is being placed by our local government to pursue funding that will help further their ability to bring better infrastructure that creates a safer environment for walking and biking in San Diego.

Among the accomplishments discussed at the meeting were several bike and pedestrian projects that are close to completion. Some of the highlights include a new median equipped with a pedestrian refuge and other crosswalk improvements on University Avenue, as well as pedestrian improvements along Orange Avenue between 49th Street & Winona Avenue. These projects were in conception well before Vision Zero; however, the goal of the initiative is to eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2025. That means that any project that improves traffic safety is helping accomplish the main objective of Vision Zero.

The Vision Zero strategy is to take a data driven approach to identify where collisions are concentrated in the city and prioritize improvements in the areas where our citizens are most susceptible to crashes. This strategy has been proven to significantly reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries throughout the country, and to encourage the city to look for funding that enables them to implement similar tactics.

One notable example is the University Avenue Complete Streets Project, which happened because analysis spurred by Circulate San Diego’s Vision Zero Reportshowed that it was one of the most dangerous road segments in the city. The project will redesign a portion of University Avenue from Fairmont to Euclid with roundabouts, bike lanes, and extended sidewalks, and was just awarded a $5,400,000 Caltrans grant. More projects like this are critical to ensuring Vision Zero is successful.

The task force learned in May that the city has received a $250,000 grant from the Systematic Safety Analyses Report Program that will be used to conduct a thorough crash analysis in the City of San Diego. The report will ideally facilitate guidance in identifying problem areas, strengthen the city’s ability to pursue funding for improvement projects, and appropriately allocate funds to the areas that are in most need.

The San Diego Vision Zero Task Force has grown significantly since the adoption of the initiative in 2015. Circulate San Diego appreciates that the City of San Diego has embraced Vision Zero and we look forward to working with them as partners to help advance more successful projects like the University Avenue Complete Streets projects.

Cross-posted at Circulate San Diego’s site.