A new transportation plan in the city of Ann Arbor revolves around the number zero. With the help of new technology, city leaders and the University of Michigan, the city’s goal is zero carbon emissions by 2030 and zero injuries and deaths due to traffic accidents by 2025. The initiative is known as the Vision Zero Plan.
According to the Chair of the Ann Arbor Transportation Commission, the plan is designed to alter the way Ann Arbor’s streets are structured, with zero carbon admissions and zero road deaths in mind. She said the work that has already been done to meet these goals includes safer crosswalks and sidewalks for pedestrians. Longer term, there are plans for protected bike lanes and more public transportation.
The University of Michigan will help with the installation of “Smart Intersections.” Reportedly, the university was recently awarded nearly $10 million by the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to fund the installation. The intersections will use special sensors to detect oncoming traffic as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. These sensors will communicate and broadcast information to nearby autonomous vehicles. There will be a total of 21 Smart Intersections in the city, reports said.
This is a great example of using technological advancements to protect pedestrians and motorists alike. In many Michigan cities, sidewalks and city streets are constantly bustling with traffic. Unfortunately, accidents will happen. Those who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones due to negligence in pedestrian accidents should consider seeking the advice of an experienced legal representative. A successful claim could provide monetary relief to families who may be struggling to pay medical expenses and other financial losses.