Vision Zero open house Thursday to discuss how to make Eugene roads safer

The Vision Zero plan says that the city will no longer accept anyone being injured or dying in traffic accidents on city streets.

Posted: Nov 2, 2017 8:19 AM

This Thursday, the City of Eugene is holding an open house to discuss the implementation of the Vision Zero plan here in Eugene.
The plan basically says that the city will no longer accept anyone being injured or dying in traffic accidents on city streets.
Vision Zero was a project that began in Sweden, but has gradually been adopted in cities across the United States.
However, Eugene is the smallest city in the U.S. to adopt the plan and implement it.
Larisa Varela of the City of Eugene tells me that at least one person is injured or killed in a traffic accident here in Eugene every week.
"We came together as a community both through advocates and the city council that said we'll no longer accept anyone dying," Varela said. "We like to ask people, 'How many people would you accept dying in your family or friend groups on our streets?'"
The plan is about reducing the number of traffic accidents and making streets safer. One main cause of accidents is poor street design.
The city is hoping that the new plan will be a catalyst for redesigning the streets of Eugene, making them safer and more navigable.
Another problem is the number of impaired drivers on the road, and the police department is working with Vision Zero to better enforce the laws that protect against impaired driving.
The open house is Thursday, November 2nd from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Attrium Building downtown.

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