The DC Council Committee on Transportation and Environment held a public hearing on Oct. 24 to discuss road safety measures that could protect drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists across Washington, DC.
Dr. Nino Paichadze, an assistant research professor of global health at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), testified before the DC Council at the hearing in support of the Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019.
The proposed bill, introduced in May, focuses on improving sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections and creating additional bicycle-protected lanes throughout DC. The bill includes guidance for the DC Department of Transportation and other entities to lower speed limits on arterial and local roads, create stronger infrastructure, better enforcement of existing driving, parking and pedestrian laws; and plans to improve public transportation that can ultimately reduce car traffic.
Dr. Paichadze included evidence of how laws that reduce speed limits, add sidewalks and protected bike lanes, and repair critical infrastructure have helped other cities reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. and globally. She noted that the proposed bill could be improved by adding measures to fully prohibit talking or texting on cell phones while driving.
“By adopting this legislation, the proposed proven safety measures will help make improvements in infrastructure faster, roads safer for vulnerable road users, and enhance quality of life for residents and visitors of the District,” Dr. Paichadze said.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08