WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 2, 2019) – As part of the educational efforts for its Vision Zero initiative, the City of West Palm Beach hosted a community block party to promote pedestrian, bicyclist and general road safety in our community. The block party was held on November 16th at the West Palm Beach Fire Department’s Station No. 3, located on Broadway Avenue. This specific location was chosen after reports from two nationally recognized databases identified this street as one of the most dangerous corridors in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Information collected by the State Crash Analysis Reporting System and from Tindale Oliver’s Crash Data Management System for the time period between January 2014 - December 2016 revealed 159 crashes along Broadway Avenue, specifically from 45th Street to 59th Street. Once informed about this trend, the City took prompt action to create a solution for this recurring danger. Earlier this year, the West Palm Beach Police Department was awarded a grant exceeding $60,000 for pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement. This has helped WPBPD increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect this demographic, who are the most vulnerable in traffic-related crashes.
Vision Zero West Palm Beach was created by the City and key community partners to reduce preventable fatalities and injuries from traffic accidents through educational efforts, strategic engineering of safer city roadways and the enforcement of policies implemented to support these efforts. Within the initiative’s first year of operation, the number of crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists have declined 23% and 26.7% respectively.
“One of our top priorities as City leadership is working proactively to ensure that every resident and visitor of West Palm Beach feels safe on their daily commutes, no matter their method of transportation,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “Vision Zero has helped us establish safer mobility procedures throughout our community, and I’m excited to share the successful results we’ve generated in such a short amount of time.”
“As a community, we need to design our streets for the most vulnerable users, and those users are pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Uyen Dang, city traffic engineer. “We are working to ensure the safety of the public on our City streets with a heavy emphasis on education and engineering.”
For more information on Vision Zero West Palm Beach, visit www.wpb.org/visionzero
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