San Antonio Initiative Hopes to End Pedestrian Deaths

“Vision Zero” would educate drivers and transform streets to be safer for people who are walking.

By Michael MarksFebruary 7, 2017 7:23 am, ,

San Antonio Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is spearheading an effort to end pedestrian deaths. The city has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the country, with 65 fatalities in 2016 alone.

Vision Zero“, which originated in Sweden, involves investing in infrastructure changes like wider sidewalks, increased bike lanes and space for public transit.

Gonzales says that the program’s efforts are focused on educating drivers and motorists, slowing traffic and streamlining land use to reduce urban sprawl. But In the last three years, traffic deaths have increased and Gonzales says the city has a long way to go with the initiative.

“We’re trying to change a culture,” Gonzales says. “It is a long-term goal, it’s not going to happen over night.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How Gonzales works with other lawmakers to implement Vision Zero

– Why Gonzales says that the campaign will have a positive effect on San Antonio over time

Written by Emma Whalen.