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Pedestrian fatalities increase despite Vision Zero policies

If you enjoy walking or riding your bike in California, you may appreciate your city's efforts to improve safety for you and others through the Vision Zero program. Vision Zero is a set of initiatives established in Sweden that successfully reduced the number of traffic fatalities by implementing strategies through engineering, law enforcement and public education. The noble goal is to reduce pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle fatalities to zero.

Many cities across the U.S. have adopted Vision Zero ideals and diverted money into implementing them. Unfortunately, the goal of making the streets safer for pedestrians and others has not found footing here like it has overseas. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have increased in many U.S. cities embracing the Vision Zero campaign.

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If you ride your bicycle frequently around the Bay Area, you are probably familiar with traffic conditions and know that some areas are safer than others for cyclists.

However, you may not know much about bicycle fatality statistics overall. Keeping at least some of the statistics in the back of your mind may help you remain more vigilant and enjoy a safer ride.

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Time to watch for those small pedestrians in school zones

School is back in session, and that means motorists must be extra vigilant when entering a school zone.

San Francisco County has the lowest score possible in terms of pedestrian safety in school zones. Here are four reminders to help keep children safe.

4 innovative features that help cyclists stay safe

You may be a bicycle enthusiast and ride whenever you can make time in your busy schedule. On the other hand, a bicycle may be the primary way for you to get around in the Bay Area.

The possibility of a vehicle-bicycle accident is probably never far from your thoughts as you wend your way through traffic. Here are four innovative features to help keep you safe.

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