Adopt Vision Zero
IN EVERY MAJOR AMERICAN CITY, pedestrian deaths are a part of life. Often, the victim is a child. The news cycle is predictable: first comes the victim blaming, then the driver blaming—sober drivers are almost never punished— then perhaps a discussion about speed limits and enforcement. Through it all, the crash is called an “accident,” as if it was not preventable. Rarely is the design of the roadway itself considered. And never—never—is there any reconsideration of the professional engineering standards that created the hazard in the first place.