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Paving the Way for a Safer San Antonio

Posted on 03/24/17 by Liz Steele

Did you know that in 2014, 54 people were killed while walking in San Antonio? That’s an average of one person every week. This jarring statistic is one reason why San Antonio enacted an initiative to educate and empower the community about roadway safety.

The Vision Zero Network teaches the community about the shared responsibility of roadway safety throughout the city and neighborhoods. Their vision is to have zero roadway fatalities because they believe that every life is valuable and roadway causalities can be avoided through responsible efforts by the community.

In San Antonio, Vision Zero leads multiple programs and events to recognize those who have been killed in roadway crashes. For example, in November 2016 they hosted a walk of silence and a memorial for traffic victims. Participants brought flowers, candles, and other items to commemorate those who lost their lives due to a roadside accident.

Want to know where these accidents happen? Heat maps of automobile accidents, pedestrian fatalities, and bike incidents are all available to view on Vision Zero’s website. These maps illustrate where the highest proximity of crashes occur. While these maps can be insightful, the facts can be quite startling.

The Vision Zero initiative encourages the entire San Antonio community to take the pledge and look out for others on the roads and be alert at all times. Whether you drive a car, ride a bike, or walk, Vision Zero believes the whole community plays a part in ensuring the safety of roads.

For additional information about what you can do to keep San Antonio’s roads safe, check out the Vision Zero page.

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