West Palm Beach Holds Safety Fair To Promote Vision Zero Initiative

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The city of West Palm Beach has a lofty goal of zero fatalities and zero serious injuries on its roadways by the year 2030.

Mayor Jeri Muoio tells us that it's part of an international road safety project called Vision Zero and while it's going on in 34 cities across the country, West Palm is the only one in Palm Beach County that's taken on the initiative.

"We focus on three things: Education, Enforcement and Engineering and we'll be looking at how we can address those in our city."

 

The city hired a Vision Zero coordinator when it launched the program last August and Tara Applebaum says there's already been improvement.

"In the last data that we received, we have over a 20 percent reduction in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities."

That works out to a 23% reduction in pedestrian deaths and a 26.7% reduction in bicyclist deaths from 2017 to 2018.Applebaum tells us the data shows the numbers started falling more quickly once the Vision Zero initiative was put into effect.

Designing safer streets is one part of it, other aspects include educating residents and enforcement, where it's needed.

The city is focused right now on Broadway, where one third of the crashes involve bicyclists or pedestrians.

 

The city is hosting a Community Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, including free bike helmets and a rollover crash demonstration.

The interactive workshop will take place along Flagler Drive - north and south traffic lanes will be closed to vehicle traffic from Fern St. to Banyan Blvd.

The event is free and so is parking in the Evernia/Olive garage during the hours of the West Palm Beach Green Market and there is a flat fee of $5 in the Banyan/Olive garage before 1 p.m.

Click Here for more information on the Vision Zero Community Safety Fair.

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