Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a bold initiative today calling for city departments to pursue a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
The program, called “Vision Zero,” is based on the fundamental principle that traffic deaths can be avoided through strategic, data-driven approaches to engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation, and community engagement. Adoption of the Vision Zero policy is a key facet of the Livable Neighborhoods focus of Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn.
“We have to think big and work hard when it comes to keeping people safe,” said Mayor Garcetti. “It is tragic that 200 people are killed each year while moving about our city. With more people walking and biking than ever before, we must use every available tool to save lives. I am determined to bring that number down to zero.”
Mayor Garcetti signed the tenth executive directive of his administration, ordering multiple city departments to report back by Dec. 1, 2015 with specific recommendations for measures that would immediately reduce traffic-related deaths in L.A. by 20 percent by 2017. The directive also calls for the formation of a Vision Zero Task Force; as well as an Executive Steering Committee, led by city agencies in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, that will work on proposals to eradicate deadly accidents on Los Angeles streets by 2025.