Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) discussed its Vision Zero report this morning at Seattle City Hall, and one council member is not happy with the report.
“A presentation from the Department of Transportation only reinforces what we in Southeast Seattle already know: Our streets are not safe. They are not safe for kids. They are not safe for elders. They are not safe for people with low vision or those who are blind,” Councilwoman Tammy Morales (District 2) said. “They are not safe for anyone who cannot drive for health-related or economic reasons. The fact of the matter is that South End streets were built for the ease and speed of large, heavy vehicles, not for the safety of people outside of them. Having a report is one thing.
“This is SDOT admitting a problem and that is one small step toward a solution, but without actions from the department, this is one just more reminder that the lives of people in the South End don’t stack up to the lives of those in Magnolia, or Queen Anne, or Laurelhurst, or Green Lake, or Eastlake in the eyes of the city,” she continued.
Since Seattle’s inception of Vision Zero in 2015, almost 1,200 people have been seriously injured with 175 of those killed in a traffic crash. Vision Zero aims to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries on Seattle streets by 2030. However, according to their most recent report, it has profoundly failed.
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