Tag Archives: Vision Zero

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by Samuel King

New online dashboard tracks traffic crash trends in Austin

The Austin Transportation Department has unveiled a new tool for the public to track the number of traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the city. The Vision Zero Viewer allows people to see where the most crashes are happening and how…

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City could see sharp decline in traffic fatalities after speed limit reductions

City Council recently made a decision to decrease speed limits to 25 mph on most residential streets. Now it’s up to the Transportation Department to implement the new limits, educate the public and partner with the Austin Police Department to…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation proposes slowing some city streets to 25 mph limit

Despite a 50 percent decrease in driving as a result of the city’s Stay Home, Work Safe order, traffic fatalities are up nearly 26 percent this year compared to last year – which also saw a sharp increase (about 19…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation updates citation process to change driver behavior

In an effort to address the city’s road safety crisis, the Austin Transportation Department has come up with a way to make drivers understand the consequences of violating traffic laws. As of yesterday, drivers charged with failure to yield will…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Panel will look at future of development and displacement along I-35

A panel of national experts convened by the Urban Land Institute will look at ideas next week for how Austin could steer development plans for the land surrounding – and possibly covering – Interstate 35 in the years to come.…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Traffic deaths went up in Austin last year. Safety advocates ask: Where’s the moral outrage?

Billy Brewster loved lawnmowers. The 15-year-old, who was autistic and nonverbal, would just admire them from afar.“Billy sometimes wouldn’t even want to use the lawnmower,” his mother, Mia Brown, said. “He just wanted to stand there and look at it.”He…

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Updated: Austin eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 a remote possibility, city audit finds

The city of Austin is unlikely to reach its goal of zero traffic deaths or serious injuries by 2025, according to a new report from the city auditor’s office.“While a goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries is an…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Samuel King

Lower speed limits coming to some Austin roadways

Austin City Council approved a round of speed limit changes Thursday, the latest tangible sign of the city’s efforts to make streets safer.“We know that it’s much more likely for a severe crash to happen when speeds go up even…

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

City continues to work toward Vision Zero goals

As of this past weekend, there have been 48 traffic fatalities in Austin since the beginning of the year. The city, according to an ambitious plan passed three years ago, would like to bring the number of annual traffic deaths…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Vision Zero advocates look to Legislature to help reduce traffic deaths

In 2015, Austin hit a record high in road deaths: 102. In the two subsequent years, things have improved, with 79 and 76 people perishing in 2016 and 2017, respectively. By the beginning of December, 69 had died this year…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

When roads are built to prioritize cars, pedestrians are often faulted for getting hit

Part 3 of a three-part seriesA driver hit and killed Judy Romano’s son, Barry Friedman, while he was walking in Austin two years ago.According to the police report, Friedman tried to cross East Parmer Lane just before 6 a.m. on…

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Housing Austin’s homeless will reduce road deaths, but that will require a big investment

Part 2 of a three-part seriesMike Villegas learned his oldest child had died on Christmas Eve 2016.Villegas said he was doing work around the house with his 12-year-old son. When he went out to the front yard, he noticed a…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two years after Vision Zero, when will Austin streets be safer for pedestrians?

Before he was killed, 14-year-old Alexei Bauereis had quit the backyard stunts like jumping from trees onto roofs and downhill skateboarding that defined his childhood. He was saving his legs for ballet.“Dance was so important to him,” said Eric Bauereis,…

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Zero vision

More, no doubt, to come… As we all well know, the second draft of CodeNEXT was released Friday. As usual, it’s a dense tome that land use enthusiasts studied in earnest over the weekend, and will continue to study in…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Vision Zero reports detail progress; crash data mostly unchanged

A pair of documents delivered to city officials last week show that the plan to eliminate all Austin traffic deaths and serious accidents by 2025 is proceeding, and this year’s accident data suggests the effort hasn’t moved the needle in…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Pedestrian Safety Action Plan open for public comment

Austin’s road to eliminating traffic deaths will involve more planning and at least one new tool in the toolbox according to the draft version of the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.The document – itself a recommendation of the Vision Zero Action…

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

City boosts traffic enforcement in areas with high crash rates

Austin officials are boosting roadway safety enforcement as part of the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to eliminate by 2025 car crashes that kill and severely injure people.The Austin Police Department and the Austin Transportation Department kicked off…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Highways and interstates a top priority for pedestrian safety plan

Austin appears to have had some early success in recovering from an all-time high in road fatalities in 2015, with 76 in 2016 compared to 102 the year prior. But reaching zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 remains the…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council members consider ways to lower neighborhood speed limits

Testimony included talk of a birthday.“Ben turned 10 on Monday at a rehabilitation facility in Dallas,” Kathy Sokolic told members of the City Council Mobility Committee on Wednesday. As we’ve chronicled before, a car hit Sokolic’s nephew, Ben, outside his…

Monday, December 5, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Six months in, Vision Zero focuses on pedestrian safety

Holding back tears, Kathy Sokolic told roughly 30 people seated outside City Hall the story of a bruised heart.“On the evening of Sept. 12, our 9-year-old,” began Sokolic, before pausing to gather herself. “Our 9-year-old nephew, Ben, was hit by…

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