MTC-led Bay Area pedestrian-bicycle safety group has first meeting

Peter Beeler

The MTC-led Vision Zero Working Group met for the first time to exchange ideas on how to make the Bay Area a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists and others.

A panel of about 40 Bay Area officials from cities, counties, transit agencies, universities and advocacy groups met last week to begin discussing the vexing issue as a region, with a goal of finding safety solutions.

More than 400 fatalities and 2,000 serious injuries occur on the Bay Area’s roads each year, a number that has grown 50% since 2010. As the population grows and total vehicle miles traveled increase, these numbers could rise if state, regional and local policies remain unchanged.

Safety has been identified as one of the goals of MTC’s regional transportation plans for the past 20 years and this is the first time the issue is being addressed at a regionwide level.

MTC recently adopted a regional Safety/Vision Zero policy and has begun development on a Regional Integrated Safety Data System to provide jurisdictions with a consistent source of data and tools for conducting safety analyses and informing their safety plans and projects.

More information on the Vision Zero Working Group can be found here.

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