Monday, January 25, 2016

Vision Zero Boston

Boston has initiated a project to eliminate all fatal and serious traffic accidents in the city by 2030. Vision Zero Boston aims to examine the causes of traffic accidents and implement policies to make Boston’s streets more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly.

Part of the Vision Zero initiative is to canvas the opinions of people in the city and to identify safety issues on Boston's street. The Vision Zero: Safety Issues map allows anyone to identify a location in Boston where they think there is a safety concern.

Users can click on the map to identify a location with problems and complete a short form to describe the transportation safety concern. You can also use the map to view the safety issues submitted by other Bostonians.

The Vision Zero: Traffic Crashes map also allows you to explore a map of pedestrian, cycling and motor vehicle accidents in the city.

Boston's Vision Zero initiative is closely modeled on New York's Vision Zero project. New York also released a crowd-sourced consultation map which allowed New Yorkers to share their knowledge of the city streets.

New York's Vision Zero View map also shows detailed information on traffic injury and fatality crashes within New York.

The map has two main layers; a visualization of New York's traffic accidents and a visualization of the city's attempts to make streets safer. The 'Crashes' view allows users to visualize the locations of pedestrian,cycling and car injuries and fatalities. This map view includes a timeline which allows you to filter the results shown on the map by year.

The 'Street Design' view allows users to explore some of the Vision Zero initiatives, such as arterial slow zones, speed humps and other major safety projects designed to increase traffic safety in the city of New York.

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