At the March 28, 2019 meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission, a discussion item was devoted to “System Safety,” following a request from Vision Zero activists the month before to devote time on an upcoming agenda to safety.
C. Michael Lee, PE, TXDOT’s Director of Engineering and Safety Operations gave a presentation covering ongoing safety efforts, some new initiatives, and recommendations for the policy makers.
This may prove a profound moment in the history of Texas transportation policy. We are very proud for all the work we have had the honor of doing over the last couple of years advocating for the State of Texas to adopt a Vision Zero goal and safe systems approach.
At the Texas Transportation Forum, hosted by TXDOT, in January, I was invited to speak on a panel with Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan and Robert Wunderlich, Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, moderated by Dug Begley with the Houston Chronicle. Here is the video of that panel discussion:
Here is the pdf of the presentation given by TXDOT at the March meeting, which is the same as the one linked to above.4a-presentation
The Vision Zero Texas Statewide Reception on Wednesday, March 24, 6-8pm, in Downtown Austin, is a celebration of this progress, and recommitment to doing more to end traffic deaths and serious injuries across the state.