HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken is once again appealing to residents for input on the myriad of initiatives set to fall under the umbrella of Vision Zero—a plan to eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities within the municipality by 2030.
Rated as one of the nation’s most walkable and bicycle-friendly cities, Hoboken saw three traffic fatalities in 5 years—from 2014-2018. During that same period, there were 376 traffic-related injuries, prompting the City to undertake the Vision Zero campaign in 2019.
According to a statement from the City of Hoboken, Vision Zero is based on five key principles:
- Traffic deaths and severe injuries are preventable.
- Human life and health are prioritized within all aspects of transportation systems.
- Human error is inevitable, and transportation systems should be forgiving.
- Safety work should focus on systems-level change above influencing individual behavior.
- Speed is recognized as the fundamental factor in crash severity.
Hoboken is proclaiming a data-driven approach to developing its own Vision Zero action plan, along with vigorous community outreach. Furthermore, in the spirit of practice-what-you-preach, the City claims it has challenged municipal directors to find ways to incorporate smaller vehicles into their fleets—while still maintaining functionality.
Members of the community are encouraged to provide input on the City’s draft Vision Zero Action Plan by Wednesday, January 27. This is a follow-up to the public meeting on January 13.
Please visit the City’s Vision Zero website, http://www.vzhoboken.com/public-input, for more information.
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