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12 BikeLife Seattle For the past decade collisions on our streets have steadily declined and traffic fatalities have gone down 30 percent even as our city grows. This is great news but it isnt good enough. Seattles streets see more than 10000 crashes annually. Every year close to 20 people die on our streets and many more are seriously injured. Each loss or serious injury is devastating to family friends and broader communities. So heres what we want to do We want to build on our safety reputation we want to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2030. This goal this commitment is Vision Zero. Its part of a worldwide movement that argues that death and injury on city streets is preventable. For the most part these arent acci- dents as weve become accustomed to calling them. Theyre usually the re- sult of poor behaviors and unforgiving street designs. So we need to redesign our streets in a way that encourages safer behavior and prioritizes safety over speed and throughput. Targeted enforcement and public education will complement these engineering efforts. Seattle will need to use this three- pronged approach if we want our streets to be safer for everyone from our 8-year-old children to our 80-year- old grandparents whether theyre walking driving biking taking transit or moving goods around the city. And as more and more people call Seattle home we want to make sure that our streets become even safer places to travel on and enjoy. This is a driving force behind why were build- ing out a network of protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways. Designing safer streets and providing more travel options are key strategies to help Seattle grow gracefully. We want to end this safety session with a little heart-to-heart. Lets be honest. Youve jaywalked before we all have. Maybe you didnt stop for someone trying to cross the street or you rolled through a stop sign. Many of us have probably been in near-miss situations. Itll take all of us working together making conscious decisions every day to get to zero. We all have a part to ensure those decision and behaviors add up to zero fatalities and well be a better stronger safer city for it. For more information visit seattle.govvisionzero. Safer streets for Seattle Safety First Vision Zero eattle has a pretty stellar safety record. Were consistently recognized as being one of the safest cities in the country for walking and biking. Seattle Department of Transportation staff teach kids and their parents about bike boxes traffic circles and more. Just a few strategies that will be important to achieve Vision Zero. S