Pedestrian safety task force recommends Vision Zero traffic safety policy | Local |

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A committee formed after a string of pedestrian accidents in Columbia has recommended that the city implement a zero-tolerance approach toward pedestrian safety and consider other measures, such as lower speed limits and red-light cameras.

The Mayor's Task Force on Pedestrian Safety presented its final report, titled "A Vision Zero Policy for Columbia," to the Columbia City Council on Monday. The 15-member task force was created last May after four pedestrians were killed and six were injured in Columbia over seven months. The group was charged with analyzing traffic data and available resources and putting together recommendations to improve pedestrian safety.

The task force recommends adopting an overall Vision Zero policy, a philosophy that "shifts away from the idea of 'acceptable' levels of risk and toward the belief that all traffic deaths and serious injuries are both preventable and ethically unacceptable," according to the report.

MoBikeFed comment: The article refers to the idea of a "zero tolerance" policy for traffic fatalities. However, Vision Zero is not really a "zero tolerance" policy as that term is usually understood.

Rather, it is the idea that by changing the system and taking a systems approach to safety, the environment can be changed in a way that minimizes harm and greatly improves safety.

This is close to the polar opposite of the typical "zero tolerance" approach, which emphasizes extreme punishment for individuals who make mistakes.

Find out more about Vision Zero, and how your community can work towards adopting a Vision Zero approach, on our Missouri Vision Zero page:

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