Traffic deaths are avoidable and that's why many cities around the world have pledged to eradicate them in a movement known as Vision Zero. We have championed this important movement and now we are so happy to announce that the City of Los Angeles is launching its own Vision Zero initiative, working across city departments to end traffic deaths—and that means everyone on LA roads, not just walkers—within 10 years.
From the press release:
Traffic violence is devastating for families and communities, touching people’s lives unlike other issues. Every year in Los Angeles over 200 people are killed moving about our city, with many more suffering potentially life-changing injuries. No death should be considered acceptable or inevitable. Working together, we can save lives.
We are therefore launching a City of Los Angeles Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic deaths by 2025.
Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an Executive Directive launching the initiative on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights. We'll were there, proudly wearing our Los Angeles Walks t-shirts, buttons, and stickers to commemorate this important day.
Los Angeles Walks has joined with the leading advocacy and action groups in Los Angeles to assure that the implementation of the plan is thoughtful and comprehensive and takes in consideration the diversity of communities across the City of LA. The Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance includes: AARP California, Advancement Project, Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), Community Health Councils (CHC), Los Angeles Walks, Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), PALS for Health, T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., Youth Policy Institute (YPI), and LACBC.