Nov. 24, 2017 — Austin Chronicle — Lined up in a half circle outside City Hall on Nov. 19, the more than 60 pairs of shoes represented the lives lost on Austin roads this year. Local leaders and transportation safety advocates joined with the family members of those lost for Vision Zero ATX‘s third annual Day of Remembrance Vigil – to call for a regional approach to address the dangerous state of Central Texas roads. Austin Police Chaplain Rick Randall, who lost his son in a pedestrian accident more than a decade ago, delivered the opening prayer: “Our prayer tonight, God, is that not one other person would have to be part of this fraternity.” ……………………..
……… Austin Mayor Steve Adler addressed the assembled, highlighting groups like Vision Zero, Bike Austin, Walk Austin, and Families for Safe Streets Central Texas. “Remembering brings us forward to action, because remembering is not enough,” he said. “If we want to do honor and tribute to those that we remember, then we have to turn it into action.” Families for Safe Streets Central Texas, a subgroup of Bike Austin, is comprised of families in the greater metro area who have lost loved ones to traffic violence and unsafe road conditions. They, along with Vision Zero’s local and state organizations, hope to push the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization into taking the reins of a regional effort to address the issue. “Adopting a Regional Vision Zero Plan means life or death for many Texans and without a regional plan, we lack a shared agreement to combat our highest transportation priority of putting an end to traffic deaths,” said Carson Chavana, Bike Austin’s organizing director. “This is a powerful way we can communicate to our community our collective determination to ending all traffic fatalities.”