City of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has launched a transportation initiative tagged Vision Zero to protect and make transportation system safe for all residents in Columbus, Ohio.
The initiative which was launched at the intersection of Barnett Road and Livingston Avenue is expected, according to Mayor Ginther, “to eliminate, not just reduced, traffic related deaths and serious injuries.”
“Vision Zero makes protecting human lives the single highest priority of the transportation system. Vision Zero Columbus is a shift in mindset that ensures traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable, not inevitable.”
“Just as we can proactively identify risks and take steps to prevent diseases we can take steps to prevent crashes. In Columbus, we know that just under 10percent of our streets have 60pecent serious crashes.’
Mayor Ginther said, “Vision Zero takes a holistic, data driven approach to how we design our streets and sidewalks and also look at enforcement, education and engagement and policy to prevent serious and fatal crashes. The Vision Zero Columbus team will create an action plan by the end of this year to lay out attainable goals for our city.”
We will work across departments with community stakeholders so that this plan addresses equitable solutions in the near and long term. I want a plan that is accountable to our residents, that allows us to follow the data, to learn what is working and what is not and to adjust where necessary.”
Columbus City President Shannon Hardin said, “Our goal is to protect human lives. Everybody should slow down. It will take all of us working together so that we can reach zero traffic death in the city of Columbus.”
Also, the Mideast Area Commission Chair Quay Barnes said, Recently, the Barnet Road and Livingston Avenue was considered one of the most dangerous in the city. We have worked with Mayor Ginther’s office, City Council and the Department of Public Service to make it safer. Whether you drive a car or motorcycle, bike or take the bus it is important that all Columbus residents are safe as possible when they use our transportation system.”