The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia continues to push its Vision
Zero initiative, a coordinated effort to help end traffic deaths citywide.
2016 appears to be a key year for the initiative, with new attention from
the city mayor (Jim Kenney), available potential funding, and key pieces
of legislation submitted to state lawmakers.
What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is national, government-approved program to help state lawmakers
and activists understand measures they can take to improve safety on the
roads. The program originated in Sweden, which is on track to cut traffic
deaths by half in 2020 by decreasing speed limits, adding bike lanes,
widening pedestrian areas, and taking other safety measures.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has taken Vision Zero very
seriously: it has continually engaged with officials about Vision Zero
policies and held educational events.
In December 2015, it hosted Vision Zero Philadelphia, the city's first Vision Zero
Conference, and, in March 2016 held a Vision Zero Mini-Forum with a number
of notable speakers.
What laws would help us?
While outreach and education are a big component of Vision Zero, enacting
actual legislature is a large focus of the program. Currently, the Bicycle
Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has identified three current bills in
the state legislature that it believes would make an important impact
on bicyclist and pedestrian safety:
- SB 535: allow law enforcement to enforce speed via radar
- HB 950: extend the Red Light Enforcement Program to 2027
- SB 1034: establish Pilot Program for Photo Cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard
Long-term, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia wants to fight
for protected bicycle lanes, as well. They encourage concerned citizens
to contact their senator about the legislation currently being considered
The Future of Vision Zero
In March 2016, Vision Zero Philadelphia got an encouraging sign when Mayor Jim Kenney
mentioned the program in a speech on the city's budget. "Working
with key stakeholders, our new Office of Complete Streets and the Managing
Director’s Office will identify changes we can make—whether
it be better [lining] should this state “street lining or marking?”
or signage or a change in traffic flow—to protect the child walking
to school and the cyclist just trying to get to work," Mayor Kenney
said. "The Streets Department and L&I will also work to advance
our vision zero goals by enhancing their ‘Right of Way’ activities."
The need for action is still palpable: in April 2016, a cyclist was
killed in a hit and run at the corner of 45th Street and Market Street. The Bicycle Coalition
of Greater Philadelphia—and countless concerned Philadelphia bicyclists
and citizens—are committed to ending these accidents and bringing
safety and security to everyone on the road.
If you are interested in learning more about the Bicycle Coalition of Greater
Philadelphia and Vision Zero Philadelphia, visit their site here.
If you a bicyclist that has been injured due to the actions of a motorist, then
Piscitello Law is ready to hear your story. Attorney Joseph T. Piscitello is an avid
cyclist who knows the challenges the bicycle community faces when accidents
occur. He and his team of dedicated Philadelphia bicycle accident lawyers
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compensation on their behalf.
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