Back in 2015, some of us were doubtful that Philadelphia officials would support something like Vision Zero, a Swedish-born concept that cities can prevent traffic fatalities by emphasizing street safety through better road design and planning. Despite Philly’s alarming rate of traffic deaths (97 the prior year), smart street design didn’t seem like a priority, especially when you looked at the number of lives lost to issues like homicide in that same year (248).
But more and more, residents (especially younger residents and activists with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia) framed traffic fatalities as preventable tragedies and demanded policy changes. And two years later, under Mayor Jim Kenney, the city formally adopted its own Vision Zero plan, proclaiming a goal to rid the city of traffic deaths by 2030.
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