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San Jose council OKs $6.8 million to make city streets safer

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It’s been five years since San Jose joined a national effort dedicated to reducing traffic fatalities, but the city’s pedestrian and cyclist death toll hit an all-time high last year.

In an effort to reduce deaths, city lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved pumping $6.78 million over the next year into the Vision Zero plan, which seeks to eliminate traffic deaths through a variety of pedestrian and cyclist-friendly methods.

“One life is one too many,” Councilmember Maya Esparza said. “Many of those who are in our most vulnerable and underserved communities also face the most dangerous street conditions in our city. So whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian or cyclist, it’s a real issue.” 

The money will be used to create safer street layouts and bikeways on major city arteries, increase traffic enforcement staff, implement an awareness campaign in hotspot collision areas and invest in data tools, such as radar speed signs connected to a cloud service on busy corridors that city officials can use for collecting real-time traffic data..

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