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Cincinnati Wants Your Thoughts On Pedestrian Safety

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Kristin Stratman
A flag sits at a crosswalk in Northside for pedestrians to use to attract a driver's attention that they want to cross the street.

Cincinnati is launching a new effort to increase pedestrian safety in the city. Officials introduced the Vision Zero website Tuesday, and it's a way for residents to share feedback on traffic safety in the city.

Those include:

"The city is currently collecting community input and will compare it to citywide crash data and speed data," says the website. "The goal is to develop a robust set of recommendations for improving pedestrian safety."
The surveys are open through August 31.

Later this month, officials will include an interactive crash map, neighborhood statistic snapshots and a project map.

"The interactive crash map will allow users to view fatal and severe injury crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists or motor vehicles," City Manager Patrick Duhaney wrote in a memo. "The data can be viewed as a month-to-month comparison, or a year-to-date comparison for the last three years. Users will also be able to select individual neighborhoods and view an automatically generated snapshot of crash statistics for the neighborhood."

Vision Zero is described as "a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all."

City officials have been focusing on efforts to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities in the city, which have been increasing in recent years. A number of Cincinnati Public School students were also struck last year as they walked to school.

The city said such incidents can be reduced through street design, education and traffic enforcement.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.