May 25, 2018
 
HARRISBURG –  Representatives for the City of Harrisburg will begin conducting surveys of residents on State Street on May 30 and 31 as part of the new “Vision Zero” initiative to combat increasing rate of traffic fatalities.
 
The surveys are part of a multi-pronged approach that will include gathering data on traffic accidents, engaging residents in public meetings and designing effective strategies aimed at eliminating deaths from traffic accidents.
 
Survey will be conducted at the corner of 17th and State Streets at the following times:
 
Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Thursday, May 31, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
 
“’Vision Zero’ will engage the community in identifying the causes of Harrisburg’s increasing traffic fatalities, including those involving pedestrians,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “The initiative also will engage the community in finding solutions to this distressing problem in our City.”
 
Paper surveys also will be available at Fire Station #2, 140 N 16th St, Harrisburg, in a secure box until June 7.
 
Online surveys at VisionZeroHBG.org can be completed through June 7.
 
Please see fact sheet below on Vision Zero:
 
What is Vision Zero?
A plan to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety in Harrisburg, beginning with State Street. The plan will focus on road design; pedestrian, cyclist, and driver education; and enforcement.
 
When does Vision Zero start and end?
The surveys on May 30 and 31 will kick off Vision Zero in Harrisburg. The plan is expected to be completed in 6-8 months, and end with a set of recommendations for safety improvements.
 
What is included in Vision Zero?
Vision Zero will include a community and commuter survey about road safety, including safety along State Street and other roadways. There will also be community workshops and meetings that you can attend to provide input and keep up with study progress.
 
Why is Harrisburg creating a Vision Zero plan?
Vision Zero is a plan designed to eliminate serious injuries and deaths on City roadways. Vision Zero is being kicked off in Harrisburg in response to increased injuries and deaths along State Street and other Harrisburg roadways.
 
Where is the study focused?
The first phase of the study take place this summer along State Street, with the study expanding to downtown Harrisburg this fall. Surveys will be conducted on the street and online. Workshops and public meetings will be held in convenient locations in the community.
 
How to participate
We want to involve the entire community, and we want to know what you think:
  • Join our community survey pop-up events May 30 and 31 along State Street
  • Take the survey online at VisionZeroHBG.org  from May 30th to June 7th
  • Visit Fire Station #2 between May 30th and June 7th to complete the survey in person
 
How to get more information
 
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at jdavis@harrisburgpa.gov, or call 717 255 3015.
 
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