Vision Zero Committee
To promote safety for all street and sidewalk users within the neighborhood by improving street and intersection design and access, following the established principles of Vision Zero*.
*Vision Zero is an internationally adopted strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safety, health, and mobility for all.
The Vision Zero Committee meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM via ZOOM (unless otherwise noted). Check our calendar for upcoming call-in info.
Who Should Get Involved
If you’re interested in improving the walkability and livability of our neighborhood, the Vision Zero Committee has many neighborhood-wide projects to join in on. The scope of our work involves traffic calming, bicycle lanes, pedestrian safety and mobility (including ADA accessibility), and public transportation.
The South of South Walkability Plan (2009) recognizes that targeted public investment in projects to improve walkability will build on the neighborhood’s assets while mitigating existing problems.
The Vision Zero Task Force has been working on implementing our neighborhood's Walkability Plan. The goals of this initiative are to foster a safe and pleasant pedestrian and bicycling environment, to educate residents about safe streetscape design, and to implement well-tested traffic calming measures that improve the safety of our streets for all users. The focus in on improving the experience and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, whose needs have historically been ignored.
The Walkability Plan recognizes the value of walking, biking, and complete streets to bring vitality to the South of South neighborhood.
Safe Pathways to our Schools
The SOSNA Vision Zero Committee’s Neighborhood Schools Project will improve the safety of four intersections at two public elementary schools, E.M. Stanton and Chester Arthur. Specifically, it involves the creation of curb “bulb-outs”, highly visible painted pedestrian areas, and vertical delineators to protect the crosswalk areas at four key intersections.
SOSNA collaborated with Mural Arts Philadelphia to develop a series of street murals in protected pedestrian areas that will help draw greater awareness to pedestrians and contribute to neighborhood place-making.
The effort to create a plaza at Grays Ferry and South Streets grew out of the initial attempt to address the safety of the intersections at South 23rd and South 24th Streets, Grays Ferry Avenue, and Bainbridge.
The City of Philadelphia has committed to working with SOSNA to redesign the entire corridor to create a more pedestrian-friendly area by removing slip lanes, narrowing the street, and creating additional public space.
In an effort to improve the safety of all street users, SOSNA is working with the Streets Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to enforce cleared crosswalks throughout the neighborhood. Daylighting will enable drivers to more easily see pedestrians, especially shorter ones (like children) and those in wheelchairs, and enable everyone to more easily see oncoming cars before choosing to cross.