We’re voting on the scariest intersection in Essex County. Are you in Bloomfield, Montclair, Verona, Orange, Newark or nearby? Do you have a terrifyingly unsafe intersection to share. Share it here! Winners chosen by combination of […]
This is the intersection of Watsessing and Grove, it is on the edge of Halcyon Park. Inside Halcyon Park is pleasant to walk in, because its narrow streets don’t allow people to drive their […]
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Do you want to do something when you ask for street safety and are told, “it’s a county road, so pick another street to not get hit by a car on, yes, we understand Bloomfield, […]
For Immediate Release Contact: VELOBloomfield@gmail.com September 27, 2017 BAD STREET DESIGN PUTS CHILDREN AT RISK, IMPLEMENT COMPLETE STREETS (Bloomfield, New Jersey) — According to the Bloomfield Police Department a crash occurred September 27, in […]
New Jersey’s McCarter Highway , Route 21 which crosses closely to Penn and bisects Newark is regularly ranked as one of the most deadly for pedestrians in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey area. […]
According to the National Safety Council last year was one of the deadliest years ever in motor vehicle crash fatalities. Over 40,000 people died last year in crashes. That is a 6% jump from 2015. […]
The streets are unsafe, because the infrastructure is made only to support cars, but it doesn’t just stop with infrastructure. The streets are also unsafe, because of labor. In a world where we can deposit a $10,000 check at 2 a.m. from our beds why do we all need to be at work at 9:00 a.m.? Why do we still have a 40 hour work week? Why is rush hour still a thing? Why do women have to drive an extra hour everyday to take their 6-week-olds to childcare or their 6-year-olds to kindergarten?
Vision Zero does not accept injustice
If we want a world that has complete streets, if we want streets that are just and fair we must have street design and technology that supports those streets. We must have cycle tracks, we must have safe crosswalks and we must have pedestrian plazas. We must also have reduced speed limits, good public transit, streets that are accessible for the disabled, the elderly and the very young.
We must have these infrastructures in every community.
In African-American, Latino and working class communities street design, technology and systematic change is historically not prioritized. In these communities safety in regards to urban planning and transportation is put almost exclusively on the individual through education and the police via punitive individual consequences.
For communities of color the police have been a huge part of enforcement in regards to safe streets policy and in many communities of color they have been the only component of safe streets policy.
Vision Zero is a chance to turn the tide against punitive enforcements on communities of color. Vision Zero is a chance to make real fundamental change to the infrastructure of all communities.