Vision Zero

Vision Zero: Towards Zero Deaths

On November 24, WALKSacramento and friends discussed the new safety paradigm, Vision Zero, built around the basic idea that even if not all traffic crashes can be avoided, all severe injuries can, in principle, be avoided. Building a “safe system,” where all predicted crashes have tolerable health losses, requires a new roadway design philosophy. This new philosophy calls for shifting from the traditional preventing crashes to preventing health harm. This shift calls for switching from designing roads to have space for evasive action to managing the kinetic energy transferred in crashes to human bodies to be within its injury tolerance.

Peter Jacobson provided a lively look at this approach.  Please view the Power Point presentation here.

WALKSacramento’s Monthly Meetings are open to all.  They are generally held at Noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District, 777 12th Street, at H, near downtown Sacramento.  Topics are fun, informative, and far-ranging.  Brown bag lunches are welcome.  Please return here to keep informed on upcoming meetings or ask Terry Preston to add you to the e-mail notice list.