Berkeley looks at pedestrian safety via Vision Zero

Pedestrian safety
Mark Prado
Vision Zero electronic sign along Franklin Street in San Francisco.

The Berkeley City Council approved a Vision Zero Action Plan at its March 10 meeting with a goal of promoting pedestrian safety. Vision Zero is a national program in more than 30 cities, including San Francisco, which has a goal of eliminating pedestrian traffic deaths.

The Berkeley action directs the city manager to form a Vision Zero Coordinating Committee and to work with that committee to develop a Vision Zero Traffic Enforcement policy. 

In March 2018, the Berkeley City Council adopted the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries in Berkeley by 2028.

new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows an alarming spike in pedestrian deaths throughout the country. During the 10-year period from 2009 to 2018, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 53%.


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