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Pinellas County transportation leaders to launch Vision Zero initiative

Forward Pinellas wants community help for plan
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Posted at 5:28 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 07:24:56-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Right now, Pinellas County leaders are working towards Vision Zero — zero deaths on our roads.

It's an important topic for transportation leaders, although challenging, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the next few weeks, Forward Pinellas will start releasing virtual parts of the Safe Streets Summit.

"We've adjusted it to make it a better fit to do it online, and we're going to be releasing it over the course of about eight weeks virtually," said Sarah Caper, Principal Planner at Forward Pinellas.

It will be a way for leaders and community members to help come up with a plan.

One way will be a dashboard for people to plugin information. For instance, pinpoint an intersection where it may be hard to see or an issue where a stop sign may be needed.

"What we're doing with Safe Streets Pinellas is looking at where our problems are, listening to people about where they think our problems are. Everybody knows of a near miss, it's not reported, but somebody almost hit you," explains Caper.

Keep an eye out for Forward Pinellas to release this information in the coming weeks.

"We're going to develop an action plan when this is all done that gives us an idea of where our problems are, how we can solve them, and the steps we can take to get to zero," says Caper.