Minneapolis looks to reduce deadly, severe injuries on city streets

Updated: October 08, 2019 06:15 AM

The city of Minneapolis says one death on city streets is too many. That's why an ambitious plan is underway to make the roads safer.

The plan is called the "Vision Zero" and the goal is to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on Minneapolis streets.

"We're going to reduce the speed limits on city-owned streets in Minneapolis," Vision Zero Coordinator Ethan Fawley said. 

He says speed limits on city streets are currently 30 mph. By next spring, motorists can expect lower speed limits to be posted. 

"We're also looking at making investments for safety improvements on our high injury streets," he said.

Fawley says 70 percent of severe and fatal crashes happen on just 9 percent of streets in Minneapolis. 

Some of those problem streets include Lake Street, Franklin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue. 

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The improvements include bump outs, pedestrian medians and lane safety conversions.

"We're also looking at automated traffic enforcement for speeding and red light running," Fawley said. 

Some people know all too well what can happen in the blink of an eye. Jim Manley was walking across Broadway Avenue in April when he was suddenly struck by a vehicle. 

"I was out for a split second," he said. "I came to in time to see the front wheel of a minivan going over my chest." 

Manley added, "I suffered eight broken ribs, a punctured leg, a twisted MCL on my left leg and a broken pelvis." 

Manley says he's in favor of the proposed changes. He says being run over by the vehicle has made him more aware of what is going on around him.

"I'm hyper vigilant about what people are doing in their vehicles," Manley said. 

The entire Vision Zero plan is expected to be implemented by 2022.

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