A nonprofit group is calling attention to a spike in pedestrian accidents on San Diego’s streets, with one pedestrian killed and five seriously injured since Saturday.
Circulate San Diego said the victims’ ages ranged from 39 to 79, and the collisions were occurred in City Heights, North Park, Downtown, Barrio Logan, Normal Heights and Pacific Beach.
“Streets should be designed to be forgiving for everyone on the road,” said Maya Rosas, advocacy manager for Circulate San Diego. “The city must design streets to emphasize safety and protection from human error.”
Circulate San Diego and a coalition of 20 organizations have promoted a campaign for the last two years called Vision Zero, with the goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Mayor Faulconer and the City Council adopted a 10-year Vision Zero strategy in 2015.
“No loss of life is acceptable and this week’s numerous serious injuries and fatality shows that more work is needed,” Circulate San Diego said in a statement.
The concept behind Vision Zero is that traffic deaths are preventable — through safe street design, education of safe road habits for all road users, and enforcement of dangerous behaviors for all road users. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities.