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McAllen Takes Action to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities with Vision Zero Initiative

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Vision Zero Action Plan

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In a significant move to address and eliminate traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries, the City of McAllen is actively engaging with its residents to shape the future of its roadways. The forthcoming Vision Zero Pop-Up Meeting #6, hosted by District 2 Commissioner Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora and the City of McAllen Traffic Operations Division, is set to play a pivotal role in this ambitious initiative.

This event, scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lark Community Center located at 2601 Lark Ave, marks a crucial step in the city’s commitment to enhancing road safety. The meeting aims to garner valuable insights and feedback from residents, whose input will be instrumental in developing a robust action plan to bring the number of severe injuries and fatalities on McAllen’s roadways down to zero.

This initiative comes in response to alarming statistics that have emerged over the past six years, showing a total of 42 deaths and 277 serious injuries occurring on McAllen’s roads. These figures highlight the urgent need for a strategic approach to road safety, prompting the city to adopt the Vision Zero Action Plan. The goal of Vision Zero is clear: to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, ensuring the safety of all road users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.

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Developing the Vision Zero Action Plan involves conducting surveys at strategic locations throughout McAllen. This comprehensive approach ensures the inclusion and consideration of the perspectives of a wide range of road users and stakeholders. The plan aims to make McAllen’s roadways safer for everyone by identifying critical areas of concern and potential improvements.

Residents of McAllen are encouraged to participate in this vital initiative by attending the pop-up meeting and sharing their experiences, concerns, and suggestions. For those unable to attend in person, the city has also made provisions for online participation. By taking the survey online, residents can contribute to shaping a safer, more inclusive road network in McAllen.

The Vision Zero initiative in McAllen is more than just a traffic safety program; it’s a community-driven effort to preserve lives and enhance the city’s quality of life. Through collaborative planning and proactive measures, McAllen is setting a precedent for cities nationwide to pursue a future where road traffic fatalities and severe injuries are a thing of the past.

Take the survey online today at:

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https://www.mcallen.net/departments/traffic/vision-zero

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