All Texas communities deserve safe streets
We don’t want ten people to die every day in the Texas transportation system, and we share this concern with a growing number of Texans. Safe speed policy, comprehensive safety measures, and structural changes to how we approach transportation planning and funding is on the table, if we seize this opportunity. Solving this crisis is complex and requires a thoughtful openness followed by action from governments and communities across the state.
- Nobody dies in traffic in Texas.
- Nobody suffers incapacitating injuries in traffic in Texas.
- Every city, county, MPO & the state itself has a Vision Zero Action Plan.
- Texans are empowered to bring meaningful change to their communities and the state.
What we’re going to do
- Work with the Legislature and Governor
- Work with neighborhoods, cities, counties, and regions
- Engage in the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan and other state processes
- Build the Vision Zero Texas Catalyst Network of local leaders across the state
- Spread ideas through social media, publications, and outlets like Streetsblog Texas
- Maintain an independent analytic research and storytelling entity
Our goals for 2019
- At least ten additional Texas governments begin or adopt Vision Zero Action Plans
- At least one of our legislative proposals is signed into law
- At least three Texas governments launch slow zones pilots in earnest
- At least one Texas government adopts comprehensive safe design speed systematically
- TXDOT’s 2020 Unified Transportation Program somehow better prioritizes safety
- Secure sufficient funding to launch Texas Families for Safe Streets respectfully
- Host the Texas Vision Zero Summit, starting in Spring 2019
State Legislative Agenda 2019
- Safe Neighborhood Streets
- Statewide Hand Free
- End Traffic Deaths
- Stop For Pedestrians
- Crash Not Accident
- $75,000 minimal seed funding to attempt the above, $150,000 to do it well and include support for Texas Families for Safe Streets.
- One full time staff dedicated to Vision Zero, ideally with multiple interns, supporting staff
- A growing, effectively coordinated volunteer leadership network
- Extensive public support of policy proposals from cross disciplinary entities
Recent posts related to Vision Zero Texas
- ACTION ALERT: Support TXDOT staff proposal to double safety funding
- Whew – Texas has adopted a goal to end traffic deaths by 2050, cut in half by 2035
- TXDOT Launches Council on System Safety, Recommends Adopting Statewide Zero Fatality Goal
- Vision Zero Texas Statewide Reception: May 22
- City of Houston Staff Present Vision Zero to Bicycle Advisory Committee
- 10 Great Buried Texas Public Policy Stories from 2018 – 1/2