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 August 13th, 2019

Cambridge Vision Zero Progress Report Advances Ambitious Goals for Safer Streets

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and the City of Cambridge have released their first progress report on the city’s plan to eliminate crashes that result in serious injuries or fatalities...Louisa Gag, Public Policy and Operations Manager for LivableStreets, served on the subcommittee that worked with staff at Cambridge City Hall in the new report’s production, and she credits the city for working with advocates to hold itself accountable to its Vision Zero goals.

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sampanlogo.png August 12th, 2019

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and City of Cambridge release first Cambridge Vision Zero progress report

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and the City of Cambridge jointly release a Progress Report assessing the City of Cambridge’s implementation of its Vision Zero Action Plan. The Report outlines the City’s accomplishments and challenges faced in the first year after the release of the Vision Zero Cambridge Action Plan, and provides next steps for implementation.

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Logo-sharing.jpgMay 13th, 2019

Slowing down the ‘stroads’ of Boston

A recent policy report from the Vision Zero Coalition indicates the number of fatalities has been declining in Boston, falling from 21 in 2016 to 10 in 2018, with the number of pedestrian fatalities dropping from 14 to 7 over that time period. But the number of crashes that required response by emergency medical service teams actually increased slightly, rising from 4,355 in 2016 to 4,367 in 2018.

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WGBH_logo.PNG May 9, 2019

Pressure Mounts For Walsh to Deliver On Safer Streets

It’s been more than three years since Walsh announced a “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. And the Walsh administration has invested significant funding and staff power toward street improvements to curb speeding and reign in dangerous intersections. But the fact remains that on an average day in Boston, two or three pedestrians or bicyclists are hit and inured by cars. And the mayor is now facing mounting pressure from safe streets advocates, ordinary residents fed up with dangerous streets running through their neighborhoods, and the City Council to do more, much more, about Boston’s menacing streets. On Tuesday, in a Council hearing on the city’s transportation budget, Walsh administration officials got an earful from all three pressure points.

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Image result for boston neighborhood news network April 22, 2019

Boston Neighborhood News Network: Group Eye New Steps Toward "Vision Zero"

Louisa Gag of LivableStreets Alliance talks about progress toward the City's goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2030--and new steps to increase safety recommended by the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition.

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logo-patch-800x600.png April 22, 2018

680 Pedestrians Were Hit By Cars In Boston In 2018: Vision Zero

Last year, 680 pedestrians and 425 cyclists were struck by cars in the city, according to Vision Zero's progress report. For the past three years, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition has been reviewing the city's progress toward eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by the year 2030. To that end, they study data and then release it annually showing progress and make recommendations on how the city could get to fewer fatalities.

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sampanlogo.png April 18, 2019

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition Releases Third Boston Vision Zero Progress Report

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition releases its third annual Progress Report assessing the City of Boston’s implementation of its Vision Zero Action Plan. This Report evaluates the City’s performance thus far and provides policy recommendations for how Mayor Walsh and the City Council can commit to safer streets in Boston. The Report finds that the increased staff capacity and funding heighten the need for strong inter-departmental collaboration, and the Coalition recommends that relevant departments develop clear organizational structures and a system of accountability for sharing data and other collaboration.

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newdotbanner.jpg April 18, 2019

Safe Streets Activists Propose Merger of City Depts.

In its annual progress report, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition said Boston has made good progress to reduce traffic fatalities -- to the point that having "zero fatalities by 2030 is achievable" -- but has seen a rise in crashes causing injuries and must do more to protect bicyclists and pedestrians. The coalition noted that the city's commissioner of public works job is currently vacant and Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca is due to depart for a job in Texas next week. They proposed that Mayor Martin Walsh "combine the Public Works and Transportation Departments into one, integrated agency."

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boston25newslogo.jpg April 18, 2019

Report: Drop in fatal car crashes in Boston, but non-fatal hold steady

The number of deadly car crashes in Boston has dropped by nearly half in the last three years, according to a report from the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, an organization that advocates for policies that make roads and highways safer. The report found that in 2018 there were 10 fatal crashes on Boston streets, down from 14 in 2017 and 21 in 2016, according to the report. But safety advocates say the number of non-fatal crashes has remained steady with an average of 12 per day.

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Screen_Shot_2019-04-18_at_10.34.42_AM.png April 18, 2019

Boston Streets Safer Since City Launched Effort to Curb Accidents, but Work Remains

The number of fatal crashes on Boston streets has dropped significantly since Mayor Marty Walsh enlisted the city in the Vision Zero roadway safety movement in 2015. That is according to a recent report from a group called the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which used city data to show that the number of fatal crashes on Boston streets involving cars, bikes, or pedestrians declined to 10 in 2018 from 21 in 2016.

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Boston_Globe_Logo.png April 17, 2019

Report: Traffic Crashes in Boston Resulting in Less Fatalities, but Not Injuries

The Vision Zero Coalition annual report card for the city released Wednesday noted the decrease in roadway fatalities from 21 in 2016 to 10 last year. But the number of bicyclists, pedestrians and people in cars injured stood at 4,367 in 2018 versus to 4,355 two years before. “It’s a public health crisis,” said Stacy Thompson of Livable Streets Alliance, one of the main organizations in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which is part of a national initiative to reduce injuries and deaths from crashes... “Four thousand people annually is not insignificant.” Brendan Kearney of WalkBoston, a nonprofit involved with Vision Zero, said fixing (the lack of crash data) should be a top priority. “If they’re not able to report this data, they are potentially missing out on funding for safety efforts,” Kearney said.

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wwlp-nbc-09272016.jpg March 8, 2019

Governor Baker Highlights Proposed Improvements to Road Safety

The proposals to increase road safety being made by the Baker-Polito Administration stem, in part, from discussions with members of the Massachusetts Legislature, strategies outlined in the 2018 Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan and input from key stakeholders like The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and various law enforcement professionals.

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