With the New Year, we ring in a new decade of roadway safety challenges that Vision Zero SA is dedicated to overcome. We know the loss of even one life or serious injury on our roads is unacceptable, so our team remains committed to the mission of creating safer streets, practicing full awareness (mindfulness) on the road and informing the public of how we can travel together and reach our destinations. Vision Zero SA will continue in 2020 to research crash data, educate the citizens and study the city of San Antonio to find the best places to implement safety improvements.
In 2019 Vision Zero SA’s team:
- Attended more than 72 city events, spreading a message of every life matters
- Reached out and impacted 10,000 residents
- Gave educational seminars to over 90 local businesses
- Visited hundreds of students in 5 San Antonio schools, teaching them about car, pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Joined the westside community is producing a giant, VZ mural drawing attention to Culebra Road and its impact on drivers, pedestrians and traffic violence.
To highlight that last point: In 2019 we completed a mural on the wall of Fire Station #26 at 4140 Culebra Road, bringing awareness to driver and pedestrian safety on one of the busiest main arterial roads in San Antonio. The 80 foot wall tells a story of a community that uses Culebra both on foot as well as on wheels to visit family, go grocery shopping or attend church services. The mural depicts various modes of transportation and, sadly, the location of fatal crashes which have occurred on Culebra. Residents themselves had input into the characters and images on the wall, and it’s worth a visit to this special memorial.
Our Vision Zero SA team will be building on this challenge to create awareness around safer streets. We already have some safety projects underway in 2020:
- SE Military Dr. at Hanzi Dr.
- SE Military Dr. at Old Corpus Christi Rd.
- Blanco Rd. at West Ave.
- S Acme Rd. at Arnaz Dr.
- Nacogdoches Rd at Rio D’Oro St,
- Fredericksburg Rd. at Louis Pasteur Dr.
- WW White Rd. at Lord/MLK Dr.
- Pleasanton Rd. at Amber St.
- MLK Dr. at Idea (Eastside) School
- General McMullen at Wall St.
This year (and for years to come!) look for brighter crosswalks, bike lanes, improved signals and signs, and responses to 311 calls and community requests courtesy of our Vision Zero team. Vision Zero SA welcomes your participation, too! Be on the lookout for events and opportunities to partner with us, or simply request a Vision Zero presentation or educational material to be sent to your local school, business or event.
Together, we continue to move forward to achieve zero fatalities on our roadways, because every person in our community matters.
Jessica Brunson is an avid cyclist who can be caught biking to and from work along downtown San Antonio’s bike lanes. Brunson champions all modes of transportation, and she uses her skills as a Senior Transportation Planner for the city’s Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI).