The City and County of Denver announced it will officially release next week a Vision Zero Plan, the initiative that’s been adopted by communities around the world that embraces a “zero loss of life” approach to road safety and design. Yesterday, Vision Zero advocates gathered at the City and County Building for a “Valentine’s Day Love-In for Vision Zero” to support the plan and celebrate the city’s announcement.
Organizations pushing for Vision Zero for Denver include WalkDenver, Bike Denver, Transit Alliance, and Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation. Streetsblog Denver has covered the topic extensively.
Congratulations to everyone for advancing this important effort and thank you to Denver for making Vision Zero official city policy! Roadway designs that provide safe accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, are critical to a healthy and equitable city. No one should have to die trying to move about their city.
Enforcement is important. In New York City, motorists can run over people on the SIDEWALK and not get so much as a slap on the wrist. No amount of street design will help if motorists are allowed to cavalierly drive over pedestrians with zero consequences.