What can be done to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in San Diego? “There is a latent demand in the public to walk and bike more, but many people, out of a lack of safe routes, choose not to,” said Colin Parent, Circulate San Diego’s Executive Director and City Council member in La Mesa. As the city of San Diego grows in population, more residents are choosing to use walking and biking to avoid traffic congestion and parking. However, since walking and biking are not the norm they can be dangerous in a city built for cars.
In response, city leaders have adopted the Vision Zero program. Its goal is to eliminate all traffic deaths in the city by 2025, through enforcement, education and street engineering. But what does that mean in practice? How might we realistically redesign our city so that it is more safe for bicycles and pedestrians?