Jay Blazek Crossley
I've spent part of every week for the last three years researching, experimenting, and advocating for allowing Texas cities more leeway to design safer neighborhood streets. This legislative session, there are three different safe neighborhood streets bills in the Texas House and Senate -- and a real breakthrough is within reach.
Every day, 10 people lose their lives in traffic crashes on Texas streets and highways. Many people think these deaths are just another cost of doing business, but the carnage is preventable. It's time to commit eliminating traffic fatalities.
Earlier this month, we told you about five bad bills to oppose in the Texas Legislature this session, and now it's time to move on to the good bills worth your support. These five bills could do tremendous good by leading to more complete neighborhoods and safer streets, and ending the crisis of road deaths in Texas.
Yesterday Texas State Representative Celia Israel called for passage of the Safe Neighborhood Streets Bill (HB 1368). She was joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Fort Worth Council Member Ann Zadeh, and Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Deputy Director Jeff Weatherford, as well as Representative Helen Giddings, who said that she would be the first co-sponsor of the bill.
A group of neighbors worked together to install a temporary traffic calming measure on McBee Street at Ruiz in Austin's Mueller neighborhood for one day -- the last day of 2016.
Burnet County Judge James Oakley, who serves on the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board overseeing transportation planning and coordination for the 2 million residents of the Austin region, publicly called for the lynching of an African American suspect awaiting trial for the murder of San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi.
City Councilwoman Ann Zadeh is leading the charge in Forth Worth to make neighborhood streets safer through better design and lower speed limits.