Will COVID-19-Related Budget Cuts Create Roadblocks For LA’s Street Safety Program?
Vision Zero identifies streets and intersections where pedestrians are seriously injured and killed at high rates — then makes safety improvements like high-visibility crosswalks, speed bumps and protected bike lanes.
But officials from the mayor’s office say the program will be cut 5% in the next fiscal year, to $48 million, thanks to COVID-19.
Despite Vision Zero's goals, traffic fatalities — particularly pedestrians killed by drivers — have risen since the program started. Critics say that’s because there wasn’t enough funding to begin with.
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