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Vision Zero promotes shared responsibilities for the roadways

12 Sep 2020

The City of San Antonio Public Works Department (PWD) along with partner agencies has established Vision Zero. The effort had established that the loss of even one life or serious injury on the roads is unacceptable. Vision Zero promotes shared responsibility among road designers and users. Their motto is "Every Person Matters."

Canopy-covered booth at the Tobin Trailhead as folks gathered to receive free bright-green and red t-shirts, reflectors, and duffle bags
Booth at the Tobin Trailhead as folks gathered to receive free bright-green and red t-shirts, reflectors, and duffle bags—Photo: SRR

Unfortunately, this website has had to report cyclist fatalities in the past. Overall, analytics have shown that the most congested roads have been the scenes of cycling fatalities that continue into 2020.

In January 2013, we reported the "Share the Road" campaign led by San Antonio Police Chief William P. McManus who initialized a "sting operation" with police officers posing at cyclists to catch motorists who violate the city's Safe Passing Ordinance. San Antonio has an ordinance that mandates that motorists provide a three-foot separation (approximately one meter) between them and cyclists as well as other vulnerable road users while passing. The violation is a class C misdemeanor with a fine up to $200.

Vision Zero San Antonio logo with logos of a motorist, cyclist, and runner
Vision Zero San Antonio logo with logos of a motorist, cyclist, and runner—Logo: Vision Zero

Vision Zero had a booth established at the Tobin Trailhead along I-430 on this date. Two women were handing out free brightly-colored shirts and reflector lights for no charge.

Their website is www.visionzerosa.com. The site promotes community involvement in their program that includes partnering with well-noted organizations in the city including Northside ISD, NEISD, SAISD, University Health System, Union Pacific, and USAA.

There is a map page that shows where auto, cycling, and pedestrian accidents have taken place some of which included fatalities. Overall, its good analytics that make people aware of where accidents are occurring.

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