Hillsborough County is known for sunshine, the best festivals and an area full of culture. Unfortunately, Hillsborough is starting to be known for something else. The county had the highest traffic fatality rate per capita of all large counties in the country. On average, about 50 people die every year in Hillsborough County that are pedestrians. So far in 2018, 22 pedestrians have already been killed.
Hillsborough County officials hope that the Vision Zero Project will help lower the number of pedestrians killed, through community involvement.
Vision Zero’s plan includes a series of four steps:
- Paint design interventions such as murals and crosswalks to slow down traffic. This effort can be seen already in places like downtown St. Pete
- Train speakers to educate the public about all the problems and what solutions can actually fix these problems.
- Enforce the rules of the road consistently and fairly across the board.
- Provide new solutions to county engineers to make it safer for pedestrians, including looking at what other similar cities are doing, or have already done to help with this problem.
Vision zero says that there are several dangerous roads in Tampa, and most are high-speed roads such as Hillsborough Avenue and Busch Boulevard. But, they say that simple changes like painting the road, adding buffers between the road and bike lanes or lowering the speed limit can help potentially save hundreds of lives and lower the rate of pedestrian deaths in Tampa.