L.A. streets still hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists despite Vision Zero effort

Los Angeles is the most dangerous city in the U.S. when it comes to getting around by bicycle. That’s according to a new report published on Yourlocalsecurity.com.

That statistic appears to back up what Jay Beeber with SaferStreetsLA.com has been saying all along: Vision Zero – L.A.’s program to reduce pedestrian traffic fatalities – is a flop.

“The problem with Vision Zero is that it’s not real science. It’s not a real safety program. It’s an ideology program.  It’s a program of ‘We want to get people out of their cars. We want to change the way people live their lives.’ ”

He says our streets are generally safer for pedestrians than they were in the 1960s, so the idea that there is a crisis is really just hype.

Plus, when pedestrians are struck, the odds are it’s their own fault.

“Over 50 percent of fatal pedestrian collisions are caused by pedestrians – by jay-walking or things they shouldn’t be doing. And if you take that number and break it down, over 50 percent of that number occur while a pedestrian is impaired on drugs or alcohol, mostly alcohol.”

Jay Beeber was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.

By Sandy Wells

KABC News

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