VISION ZERO

 

 

VISION ZERO is a traffic safety initiative of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization.


According to county officials, Brevard has one of the highest pedestrian death rates in the nation! In the past five years, there have been 390 fatalities and 2, 825 serious injuries due to traffic crashes. Of those, 87 fatalities and 196 serious injures involved pedestrians or bicyclists. These results have raised serious concern, calling for strong, focused action.


In response, the SCTPO initiated VISION ZERO, which is a broad, multi-discipline, multi-agency effort with the objective of reducing fatalities and serious injuries to zero.

The VISION ZERO requested citizen inputs concerning hazardous conditions needing resolution. Two citizen inputs are shown below.
 
 
Heritage Oaks/Minton Intersection
The intersection of Heritage Oaks/Minton is already hazardous, A county study quotes school crossing guards there as saying "they are almost hit by vehicles daily". The city is planning road extensions that will make this worse. According to a city's own traffic study, the extensions will induce heavy cut-through traffic because drivers will want "to avoid the more congested U.S. 192 and Minton Road intersection". Cut-through traffic is notorious for speeding, reckless driving, and accidents. So an intersection that is hazardous is going to become more hazardous. There are similar concerns about the impact on Henry Avenue. The county also has culpability because it is funding the project via transportation impact fees. The project needs to be canceled now.

 

More info, including FAQ, maps, studies, analyses, videos, and citizen concerns about safety are available here: https://www.saynotodoherty.com/
 
Henry Avenue/Doherty Drive Intersection
The new intersection planned for Henry Avenue/Doherty Drive is a nightmare in the making. Henry already experiences heavy congestion that often blocks access to up to five side streets.

 

See video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSholYcoaGw

The city has acknowledged this problem and has put an ineffective band-aid on it by posting several signs on the side of the street and on the road surface. But the city is planning road extensions that will make this problem even worse. According to the city's own traffic study, the extensions will induce heavy cut-through traffic via Henry because drivers will want "to avoid the more congested U.S. 192 and Minton Road intersection". Cut-through traffic is notorious for speeding, reckless driving, and accidents. The traffic study predicts Level of Service = F at the new intersection, but the city is not putting in a traffic light. Instead, the city is going to construct the extensions and intersections, and then conduct a traffic study to see if a traffic light is warranted. (The logic seems to be – let's build the bridge and see if it falls down; if it does, we'll build a stronger one.) Since the intersection is a school crossing, this is particularly vexing. So an area that is hazardous is going to become more hazardous. The county also has a responsibility here because it is funding the project via transportation impact fees. The project needs to be canceled now.
 

More info, including FAQ, maps, studies, analyses, videos, and citizen concerns about the issue are available here: https://www.saynotodoherty.com/

 

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