In 2014, 667 people died on the streets in the Houston region, 227 of them in the City of Houston. We expect to find that there were more deaths in 2015. Will 2016 be the year that road violence on the streets of Houston begins to go down? Will our local elected officials act?
Houston Tomorrow is working with the other members of the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets and our local governments to find meaningful ways to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The next logical step is for our local governments to adopt Vision Zero, a comprehensive strategy to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero within a decade.
On Thursday, January 14, 2016, at My Houston 2040, we released our report: Vision Zero: Toward a Vision Zero Action Plan for the City of Houston (pdf)
The Houston region’s traffic deaths are a crisis, roughly equal to the amount of murders in the City of Houston, but with a gigantic devastating health and financial cost for the many more Houstonians who survive and have to deal with the aftermath.
Vision Zero is about making the streets safe for all of us: whether riding in a car or driving a commercial vehicle, riding a bike, walking, riding transit, skateboarding, or even just hanging out in your neighborhood.
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