Bike safety – Colorado’s Vision for the FutureDale Campbell: Co-editor and Bicycle Colorado
“Colorado Moving Towards Zero Deaths
At a press conference on Monday, 16 March, Colorado set a bold new goal for traffic safety with a vision of "Moving Towards Zero Deaths." The goal acknowledges that traffic fatalities are preventable and together we can make roads safer for people.
Gov. Hickenlooper spoke of traffic crashes, saying that they "have somehow become part of the daily landscape that we all expect...and we accept that at our own loss."
Colorado adopted "Moving Towards Zero Deaths" as the vision for the state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015–19. As part of this, the Colorado State Patrol is focusing on both distracted and impaired driving.
Bicycle Colorado is proud to be one of the first certified partners of the program. At the conference, executive director Dan Grunig said, ‘Colorado's data is showing improvement in terms of fatalities, but bicycling hasn't quite seen that benefit yet. This plan will help change that. It makes bicycling one of the priority emphasis areas.’
By setting a goal of dramatically cutting the number of traffic fatalities, this plan shows that Colorado is moving towards doing what is necessary to save lives.”
Additional details can be found in the Denver Post article “Colorado officials have "bold mission
" to get to zero traffic deaths”, posted on 16 March.