Safe Streets Pinellas is a collaborative effort to create a transportation system that is safe for everyone. Our goal is for no one to be killed or seriously injured using the roadways in Pinellas County.
On average, two people are killed or seriously injured each day in Pinellas County. With 90 people killed and more seriously injured last year on our roadways, assigning blame to individuals isn’t solving our transportation crisis. Forward Pinellas started Safe Streets Pinellas, a Vision Zero safety effort, to address this.
Vision Zero, a strategy employed by communities across the country and the world, radically redefines the idea of what transportation safety means: that not one person should be killed or seriously injured using our roadways.
In a Vision Zero effort like Safe Streets Pinellas, diverse stakeholders must come together to think about and work toward creating a transportation system that is safe for everyone. The success of Safe Streets Pinellas depends on community involvement and collaboration with partner agencies.
Over the course of this year, Forward Pinellas will work with our partners and the community to develop an action plan complete with tools and strategies to work towards eliminating deaths on our roadways. We are looking closely at high injury corridors, conducting demonstration projects and exploring how to implement Safe Streets in Pinellas County.
One of the first steps in the process of making our streets safer is understanding more about our problems. Detailed collision analysis helps us to learn more about what is happening on our roadways. Many of our killed our seriously injured crashes (KSIs) involve vulnerable users – pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. We have started to look at factors such as where the collisions are happening (such as at an intersection), what time of day or year they occur, the ages of those involved, and if they include a Driver Under the Influence (DUI) violation, to help us better understand what is happening and how we can address the problems. We’ve put together a Story Map that helps us dive deeper into where our more serious problems may be. If you’re interested in data and details, we encourage you to explore the Story Map and the data we’ve already started to analyze.
The data can only tell us so much. We all know of ‘near misses,’ places we avoid because we feel unsafe or because we know of people have experienced collisions. Earlier this year, Forward Pinellas had an interactive map where people could help identify these places. Currently, this data is being analyzed and incorporated into the development of the Safe Streets Pinellas Action Plan.