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Will COVID-19-Related Budget Cuts Create Roadblocks For LA’s Street Safety Program?

Pedstrians in downtown Los Angeles, prior to coronavirus physical distancing guidelines. (Al Kamalizad for LAist)
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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.