Traffic calming is underway in Europe by using art in crosswalks and intersections. See how this might help slow cars down. Read here.
According to Tiffany Smith at the Vision Zero Network, it's not working because the US isn't taking VZ seriously. She says that the US must learn to take physics into account and move beyond the piecemeal approach. In my experience, city councilmembers have stated that "the quantity of deaths does not warrant any action at this time." It's quite disturbing to hear but this appears to be the view held by many elected officials. The problem simply isn't big enough for cities to go "all in" on Vision Zero.
Cities are hitting the reset button
How many Americans have to die before we do something about road safety?
In 2021, Kansas City (MO) removed "jaywalking" from its criminal code to address racially biased police stops. In 2018, KC incurred record pedestrian fatalities. Has the city put its residents at risk?
Why Cities can't seem to get Vision Zero to work
Harvard says there are racial disparities in traffic fatalities. But is that due more to the fact that they live in underserved communities?
VZ won't work until we are serious about saving lives
The Hill - Read more
Vision Zero was to be the answer to America's traffic woes. About a decade later, the results aren't promising. While conditions should have improved, cities are suffering injuries and fatalities at record rates. Strangely, it takes cities about 6-8 years to realize the plan isn't working. At this point, they start a new process to "revamp" the program. Too often this involves asking the same people to do something different that will work. I would hope that their first attempt would have been the best approach. However, it appears that we must be in a major learning mode and we haven't figured out what is actually happening on our streets. Washington DC, Denver, San Francisco and many other cities have accepted the first failure and are trying to correct the problems they found with their approach. Learn more here.
Vision Zero isn't working. So let's restart it.
STEPVIAL has an intelligent road marking system that illuminates with pedestrians are near to warn drivers people are present.
With so many cities revamping their Vision Zero program, there were a lot of roadblocks to success that were noted. But will anything change? Only time will tell.
Some of the challenges noted was: lack of funding, lack of leadership, lack of political sponsorship or interest, lack of dedicated personnel, poor implementation and poor monitoring and measurement of performance and results. These approaches are often heavily decentralized, involving numerous entities, which suffer from common challenges with teamwork, collaboration and commitment.
Governments run VZ programs and they have issues
Intelligent Speed Bumps
Actibump has speed bumps that measure speed and adjusts the bump to remind fast drivers to slow down. The correct speed results in a smooth passing. Learn more here.
Plan vs Performance - what city safety plans should be focusing on.
Vision Zero - Why it isn't working in the US.
Major Problems - Why cities won't accept help?
Decriminalize Jaywalking: Did it save pedestrians?
American Safety Programs Aren't Working
They aren't serious
Illuminated Crosswalk Panels
Light up the whole crosswalk when pedestrians cross. Drivers can help but see the pedestrians. Sensol Systems of Seattle has some neat solutions.