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Vision Zero draft plan released
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
On Friday, City Manager Marc Ott released a draft plan of the Vision Zero Action Plan. Produced by the Vision Zero Task Force, its goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities around the city. The plan includes recommendations to City Council to focus on accident “hotspots” in the city – locations where injuries and fatalities from traffic accidents are highest – and to increase education, enforcement and engineering solutions in those areas. The recommendations also advise Council to increase public education; collect and analyze data about serious crashes; and develop, staff and fund a program dedicated to improved traffic safety. According to Ott’s memo, the draft plan will be presented at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Mobility Committee. Then, over a period of eight weeks, the city’s boards and commissions will weigh in on the action plan, with an anticipated Council review and adoption in April. During that two-month review time, Ott writes that “staff will be finalizing a planning level cost estimate to accompany the final report submission to Council.” Ott also confirmed that, at this point, the Austin Transportation Department would be leading the project.
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