For Immediate Release: Aug. 31, 2016
Contact: Randy LoBasso, 215-242-9253 Ext. 311, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nine Philadelphia-area organizations recently came together to demand a comprehensive strategy to eliminate all traffic deaths in Philadelphia.
Dubbed the Philadelphia Vision Zero Alliance, this group advocates for safer streets through new design, automated enforcement, education, and targeted goals. Our eventual goal is to make all road users feel comfortable and safe using the streets, and to bring Philadelphia’s traffic deaths down to zero.
The Alliance includes the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, AAA-Mid Atlantic, the African-American Chamber of Commerce, 5th Square, the Clean Air Council, Run 215, Jefferson Hospitals, Public Health Management Corporation, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
All these groups believe in the need for Philadelphia to better focus on solutions for all Philadelphia’s neighborhoods to calm traffic and create new streets and corridors which respect human dignity.
“The African-American Chamber of Commerce is fully supportive of the formation of the Vision Zero Alliance,” says Steven Bradley, African-American Chamber of Commerce Board Chair. “Safe streets increase the volume of cyclists in our region and create paths for anyone to get to work anywhere in the region.”
Each year, there are about 11,000 traffic crashes in Philadelphia, killing nearly 100 people and injuring another 11,000.
“It’s time for all hands on deck to save lives in Philadelphia. By our count, in 2016 thus far, 40 men, women and children have died on Philadelphia’s streets due to preventable traffic crashes,” notes Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Sarah Clark Stuart. “We look forward to working with city agencies to help make possible the implementation of traffic calming and educational programs that will prevent or avoid crashes from killing or severely injuring Philadelphians. Time is of the essence.”
The Alliance wants to encourage strategies that reduce impaired and aggressive driving as well as speeding using smart design and a robust education campaign that target all neighborhoods and road users.
“5th Square PAC is proud to stand alongside our member groups to support a sustained and comprehensive Vision Zero plan to eliminate injuries and deaths for all users of Philadelphia’s citywide street network,” adds David Curtis, co-founder and Chair of 5th Square. “Through a thoughtfully developed and steadfastly pursued Vision Zero agenda, the Kenney Administration has an opportunity to make great advancements in the most fundamental of public services: preserving life and basic dignity for every man, woman, and child in our city, particularly those who are most vulnerable.”
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
215-242-9253 Ext. 311