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.
At the MontclairSAFE Complete Street implementation meeting in Montclair last week I wondered where was Bloomfield Avenue. When there is talk of a revitalization of Bloomfield Township, I wonder, where is South Bloomfield and its connection to Newark and the rest of suburban Essex in the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Streets studies? Between February and August... Continue Reading →
In my mind the perfect world is a world where every child would be able to ride their Green Tricycle up the center of their downtown. A child could ride to preschool, they could ride to the park, they could ride to their best friend’s house, they could ride to the grocery store, they could... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18X6PQ94phs On Thursday, March 8 Montclair SAFE and NJDOT held an Open House to discuss Montclair’s Complete Streets implementation plan. The public was invited to make comments about which configurations of Complete Streets they preferred for Montclair. “I like option four, with the bike lane in this location,” said a former member of the Montclair... Continue Reading →
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get down certain streets, especially during the daytime? The light turns green and everyone accelerates quickly trying to make the next light. Sure enough, as you approach, the light turns amber and drivers give the pedal an extra pulse to burn through the intersection. Why? Because... Continue Reading →
On Friday, March 3 at approximately 7:45 a.m. in the morning Megan E. Villanella, 34, of Verona and her 30-year-old brother were standing on the sidewalk at Lakeside Avenue and Pease Avenue when they were hit by a person driving a car. When people die in "car accidents" we often think, “Whose fault is this?"... Continue Reading →