Across Oregon, traffic fatalities so far this year are up 31% compared to the same period last year. In February, the tragic deaths of three children hit by a pickup driver in Springfield were a wakeup call that we need safer streets for everyone.
Since then, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg have each accepted the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets. And yet fatal crashes continue to be a fact of life in our community, with another headline every few weeks.
Now over 140 citizens have signed a pledge to behave safely and responsibly on public streets—and are petitioning the Eugene City Council to adopt the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and life-changing injuries.
- WHAT: Eugene City Council public forum
- WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm
- WHERE: Harris Hall, 125 East 8th Ave., Eugene
- WHO: concerned citizens
Vision Zero is a multi-disciplinary approach to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe and is now gaining momentum in the United States.