SB City Council supports Vision Zero on October 18th, 2016

On October 18th, 2016, the Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to support a Vision Zero Resolution and directed staff to draft a Vision Zero Plan. They will apply for a grant.  There were eight speakers, all in support, who had the stamina to sit through the four-hour plus item that was before us on the agenda. A big thank-you to these dedicated people! The next step will be formally adopting the resolution. The City Council’s vote is setting Santa Barbara on the course toward the goal of ZERO traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Background:

Our dedicated team of Vision Zero advocates has been meeting since 2014 to plan our campaign. COAST and SBBIKE are the lead organizations, and many other organizations have endorsed our platform. Our sincere thanks go to all of them. Please see the growing list of our endorsements on our ‘About Us’ page.

The first Council discussion of Vision Zero took place on May 12th, 2015. There were more than a dozen speakers at May 2015 meeting, overwhelmingly supporting Vision Zero. Testimony from family members of those who had been killed or injured on our streets was especially powerful. One mother who lives on West Valerio Street, near the Mesa, described how her teenage son was hit crossing the street in front of her house by a car going at least 40 mph. Miraculously, he survived. Other kids were not so lucky: Carina Velasquez, a student at Santa Ynez High School, was killed when she was walking home from her school on March 26, 2015. Carina was fifteen, just one day shy of her sixteenth birthday.

The success of Vision Zero depends on a strong plan. This will only be possible with broad public support. We will be working closely with City staff to ensure the draft Vision Zero policy is comprehensive, encompassing the three key components of engineering, education and enforcement.