Friday, March 11, 9:00 am.
Vision Zero is the prevention of deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes. It recognizes that driving is inherently dangerous, people make mistakes, and that transportation systems must be designed to ensure human errors do not result in fatalities or serious injuries. The pursuit of Vision Zero improves not only the safety of those who drive, ride bikes and walk, but also creates more livable, walkable communities. Vision Zero policies are gaining support in U.S. cities, but so far has seen the greatest adoption in cities with historically prominent cycling and walking advocacy. Experience in San Antonio demonstrates that Vision Zero policies can be successfully pursued in cities lacking strong, well-recognized grassroots advocacy. This presentation shares the emergence of San Antonio as an early adopter of Vision Zero, and the unique path in doing so through local government leadership rather than grassroots advocacy. Insights are offered that may help others advance Vision Zero and active transportation in their communities, either through advocacy or local government. In this session the presenter will
- Define Vision Zero and explain the Vision Zero principles.
- Summarize key elements necessary for local government adoption of Vision Zero.
- Describe how local governments can be encouraged to adopt Vision Zero policies without the presence of strong grassroots advocacy.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Kevin Barton is an Associate Professor-Professional Track in Computer Information Systems at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. His experience living in Asia, Central America, and Europe helped shape his views on life and living. His experience commuting by bicycle and his general interest in research and urban areas created a strong conviction in improving the safety and appeal of active transportation. He has five children and is married to San Antonio District 5 Councilmember Shirley Gonzales.