PedNet leader wants Columbia to consider Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities |

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A Swedish global traffic safety initiative is needed in Columbia, PedNet Coalition Executive Director Annette Triplett told the Mayor's Task Force for Pedestrian Safety on Tuesday.

Triplett gave a presentation to the task force about Vision Zero, the global traffic safety initiative that started in Sweden in 1997. Vision Zero has been implemented in New York City and Los Angeles, among other cities, Triplett said, adding that "Columbia needs Vision Zero."

The Vision Zero Initiative is an approach to road safety thinking that treats all traffic fatalities as preventable. According to the initiative's site, the Vision Zero system recognizes that humans are not perfect drivers and aims to make roadways that can compensate for human error, and thus decrease traffic fatalities. This could include measures such as separate bicycle lanes and lower speed limits.