Philly officials vow to continue efforts in making city streets safer

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 120 people have been killed in traffic incidents in Philadelphia — more than a 25% increase from last year. In a press briefing Friday, the mayor vowed to continue efforts in making the city streets safer.

The plan is to reduce crashes to zero by 2030 — thus Vision Zero — through improvement projects, speed reduction technology and efforts.

“We can’t really look at one year in isolation, we always really have to take a three-year or five-year trend, depending what we are looking at, to tease out the noise and the special circumstances. That’s just the nature of this work,” said Deputy Managing Director Mike Carroll.

Vision Zero has an annual budget of about $2 million a year, with the office just below half a million.

Carroll said they’ve tweaked their plan for the coming years, adding in more protected bike lanes, automated speed enforcement and neighborhood slow zones, and street improvements — all by 2025.

“We want people to use automobiles responsibly and that’s the work that we’re doing,” Carroll said.

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