A Brief Intro

Vision Zero wants to end traffic deaths on Austin streets.  Traffic crashes and the suffering they cause are preventable.  Making a dangerous choice while in traffic causes most deaths.  Texting, driving drunk, speeding, jay-walking are examples of poor choices.

In Austin as of October 13th, 82 people have died from auto crashes.  25 have been pedestrians, 12 have been motorcyclists, 1 was a bicyclist, and 44 have been motorists.  Impaired driving has been a factor in approximately 53% of crashes. We can have a year with no traffic deaths, no pedestrian’s deaths, no motorcycle or bicycle deaths and no deaths from an auto crash.

Every death is someone’s neighbor, co-worker, school-mate or family-member.  Every death touches dozen of lives.  Zero traffic deaths starts with each of us keeping ourselves alive every time we enter traffic, then keeping our family members alive, our co-workers and neighbors alive as they travel Austin streets.  

We each participate in Vision Zero by slowing down, keeping our eyes on the road, being present and sober when behind the wheel.  Together we will save lives.

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Reaching Vision Zero and no traffic deaths in Austin is possible, but it takes everyone staying focused on the goal, every day.  Today, here are 7 ways you can make Vision Zero possible:

  1.    Drive today without touching your cell phone.
  2.    Wear a helmet, today.
  3.    Today, look both ways (twice) before stepping into the roadway.
  4.    Leave 10 minutes early today and drive the speed limit.
  5.    Bring along a designated driver tonight – one who will consume NO alcohol.
  6.    Call a cab tonight for the person who is intoxicated.
  7.    Today, stop at every red light as you bicycle to school or work.

No one wants a knock on the door at 3 am.

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  1. yes it is not good to drive and text, and it is also not good driving drunk to be done about people’s way of thinking, so they seem to be doing this, but a good post thank you

  2. Jonathon

    While I appreciate and understand that individuals have a responsibility to commute responsibly, the city has a responsibility to ensure that infrastructure, especially infrastructure used by pedestrians and bicyclists, is safe. I haven’t owned a car in over ten years, and so I’ve mainly walked to where I’ve needed to go, both in Dallas, where I lived until 2009, and in Austin. Austin is by far ahead of Dallas in terms of bicycle infrastructure, but in terms of pedestrian infrastructure and mass transit, Austin is way behind. For a city that likes to think of itself as progressive and environmentally conscious, it’s perplexing that the city hasn’t invested enough to allow people to have a safe and efficient commute if they choose to leave their cars at home.

    My commute to work is a three mile walk mainly along Guadalupe from St. Johns to 45th street. The sidewalk randomly begins and ends and there are stretches with gaps that get muddy and extremely slippery when it rains. These stretches have been so worn down by people that they are a good 12 inches below datum, meaning that the slopes along the edges are at a sharp incline, making it even more dangerous when wet. I have to walk in traffic to avoid slipping and falling when it’s muddy. And this is Guadalupe, not some quiet side street. This is just one example of many along my commute of how the city has failed to take the safety and lives of pedestrians seriously.

    I’m planning on getting a GoPro to record my commute and put it on YouTube. I think people who don’t walk much around town will be surprised at the dangers pedestrians have to put themselves into due to the lack of safe infrastructure.

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