For years Velo Paso has has been pointing out the high pedestrian fatality rate in El Paso, and both the City and TxDOT’s response was to tell vulnerable road users they had to do more not to get hit by motorists, to blame victims, and to keep building roads almost exclusively for cars.
This auto-centric approach to “safety” may soon be changing!
Earlier this year the City adopted a Complete Streets Policy that shifts the focus from making it easier and easier to drive, to reshaping our streets and roads to make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride a bicycle, take transit, and (if they must) drive.
Last month the City took another major step, by launching the creation of a Vision Zero Action Plan
In the coming weeks and months, a city led task force will be working to create the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, and we’ll be part of the process – and we want you to help us shape the Plan too. We’ll be hosting a series of meetings and events to talk about the plan’s progress, getting your feedback, and ensure that this plan will have teeth!
Our safety has been at risk for too long, it’s time the City truly commits to making sure everyone can get around safely.