Inspired by Sweden’s lowest national traffic mortality rates in the world, dozens of cities in the United States have set a mission of eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries in ten years, with a plan named Vision Zero.
The basic logic of Vision Zero is that any traffic collision that results in death or serious injury is viewed as a tragedy that could be prevented through smarter engineering, education, and enforcement.
While some places have managed to bend their traffic fatality curves, others have struggled to budge a transportation status quo that prioritizes the ease of driving over the safety of other people on the road. Since 2013, the numbers of deaths among U.S. pedestrians and cyclists have risen by nearly 30 percent and 14 percent respectively, nationwide.
Read the article at CityLab.