The Complex Effects 'Vision Zero' Series

Albuquerque’s ART line along Route 66. Since installing this rapid transit line, Route 66 has been safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Albuquerque, NM is the most dangerous city in America to be a pedestrian. In response to that, I documented some of the overwhelming evidence that building a safer, more walkable city is beneficial in many ways - and is not that hard or expensive to do.

Vision Zero is a program that aims to reduce pedestrian and car-related fatalities to zero. You can think of it as a semi-structured roadmap to healing a city’s car-centric ways. The City of Albuquerque, like many other cities around the world, has adopted Vision Zero, but it’s taking a while for it to kick in. With a little more funding and motivation, cities like Albuquerque could reverse their unfortunate spike in pedestrian deaths, and benefit from the many economic, health, and aesthetic reasons to fully enact Vision Zero.

First, learn about the funding mechanisms cities use to construct their transportation infrastructure, and how cities should shift their spending to more sustainable, cost-effective infrastructure:

Second, let me show you what Vision Zero would look like:

And lastly, I’ll fully sell you on Vision Zero and what it would mean for your health and your pocketbook:

Reader suggestions are always encouraged. I may continue adding to this series in the future, so let me know if there’s something else about Vision Zero you think I should cover.