Chicago Aims for No Traffic Fatalities within Next 10 Years
It is an extremely forward-thinking and admirable idea and it’s part of an ambitious agenda called “Chicago Forward”, which clearly states that one of the city’s goals is “Eliminating all pedestrian, bicycle and overall traffic crash fatalities within 10 years.”
Chicago, a city of 2.7-million people, already has a good record for road safety, averaging about 50 traffic-related deaths per year. To reduce that number to zero, the city is taking on a long-term commitment, by adopting several measures in order to achieve the ambitious goal.
The program they have planned involves stricter speed limits and their stricter enforcement in the city’s residential areas, an emphasis on keeping the roadways pothole-free, data collection and evaluation of crash-prone areas and implementing safety-oriented changes in the affected zones.
This is a very admirable and inspiring initiative which should set an example to other cities in the US and the world until the phenomenon of car-related fatalities is completely eliminated, and thanks to new developments in pedestrian safety equipment, the the day when it’s achieved may not be that far in the future - they may even respect their 10 year deadline if the effort is genuine.
Story via Atlantic Cities