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Seeking Community Input on Regional Vision Zero Plan

April 2, 2020 / Comments (0)

General News

A positive aspect of the COVID 19 Stay At Home order is the improvement in our air-quality and the seemingly safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel on our residential side streets now that fewer vehicles are on these streets.  It has lead some Denverites to create petitions to permanently close some streets in parks and to dream even bigger and contemplate closing off other streets such as the 7th Avenue Parkway!  Dream big Denver!

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) recently released Taking Action on Regional Vision Zero, an action plan to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries in the metro region.

Denver was the first city in Colorado to officially commit to Vision Zero when it released it’s Action Plan in 2017. The non-profit advocacy group Denver Streets Partnership worked hard to ensure that plan reflected community input and established clear strategies and benchmarks for achieving the goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. They would like you to help ensure the regional Vision Zero plan is just as strong by providing public review and comment on this Draft of DRCOG’s Vision Zero plan.

As you consider and give feedback on the plan, Denver Streets Partnership would like you to keep a few things in mind:

Urgency – Traffic deaths are an epidemic. Government agencies and elected officials have the power — and obligation — to reverse the growing pattern of traffic violence. Does this plan demonstrate the urgency of eliminating all traffic deaths? How could it emphasize that more?

Equity – Disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected by traffic safety issues. Local governments must recognize the importance of equity and implement strategies to counteract the outsized impact that traffic violence and enforcement have on low-income communities and communities of color. Does the plan reflect a genuine commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, age, gender, or ability?

Vulnerable road users – People walking and biking are also disproportionately the victims of fatal and serious injury crashes. To meet Denver’s and the region’s goals for reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips and increasing the number of bike, walk, and transit trips, many people will have to leave their steel cages on wheels for other transportation methods. Does this plan acknowledge the importance of addressing vulnerable road user safety? How could it do that more?

Speeding – Given the fundamental impact speed has on crash severity, mitigating unsafe speeds through street design and speed-calming measures should be a top consideration. Enforcement of speeding and other behaviors should come after systems-level design change, education in the community and other more positive and proactive strategies. Does this plan emphasize speed calming measures through design? How could it expand that focus?

Commitment to Vision Zero – The defining characteristic of Vision Zero is a prioritization of roadway design over individual responsibility and enforcement. It is critically important to explicitly identify how safe designs lead to safe behaviors. Primary emphasis on behavior misrepresents the true spirit of Vision Zero and can distract from a much-needed focus the built environment. Does this plan reflect that prioritization of built environment over behavior? How could it improve?

By reviewing and commenting on this plan, you are actively participating in our work to reclaim Denver’s streets for people.

Don’t have time to read all 90 pages? Here are a few sections Denver Streets Partnership suggest focusing on:

  • Pages 1-42: Introduction, framing and urban crash profiles
  • Pages 62-70: Behavior profiles, countermeasures and strategies
  • Pages 77-84: Call to action and high-level objectives

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