Traffic safety is a key part of my public safety platform. As with all public safety issues in Richmond, my plan is prevention. We can make it impossible to drive recklessly on our streets.
And Richmond’s newly completed traffic safety analysis tells us that road safety is the worst around our schools. So traffic calming is a safety issue, and it’s an equity issue for neighborhoods of color and young people.
This is done through engineered solutions and infrastructure investments on our roads, such as roundabouts and Botts Dots. We know these work, because they’ve worked in Oakland and Berkeley. This infrastructure creates long term benefits for the city, pedestrians, and commuters that are less expensive than having a police officer on every corner would be, and that prevent reckless driving rather than responding after the fact.
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