Humans of Houston
In the City of Houston, every other day someone loses their life in a traffic crash on our streets and every day three people will suffer from severe, life-altering injuries. Vision Zero is committed to ending this trend. Nearly 7 million people live in the City of Houston and move about on our streets. These are their stories.
“Something that I’ve noticed is that sometimes, there is no place to walk around safely in Houston. People have to walk on the street, because there is no sidewalk here usually, which is probably also part of the problem. You have to walk on the street or ride your bike on the street unless you go to a park. I'm an international student from Colombia where there are always sidewalks on each side of the street, and you can walk safely without being afraid that a car will kill you.”
“Lives matter. Of course when you have a crash, there is usually someone who was being irresponsible and there is an innocent person who will always be involved in the situation. That person could be a member of a family, and for my family, or any family, to have to deal with the death of a loved one, is horrible to think about. If [Vision Zero] can make people change the way they drive, and change their perception of driving safely is, that is important. I will say that's one of the reasons why I haven't gotten my license here because people drive crazily in Houston. I don't feel safe. So, I think that Vision Zero will also make us feel safer when driving, or when I'm crossing the street, or when I take public transportation.”
“I was going past 610 on North Braeswood. And that was the area I think that someone had passed away last year, and it's kind of a sketchy intersection when you're going under 610. And there was a car that was very close to me and kind of grazed my elbow. That was scary and just thinking about that person died a year ago, and how this is a bike route path to a lot of people that go this route because it connects you and other bike paths so that was definitely a sketchy situation. Since then I've kind of stayed almost exclusively on trails.”
“It just gives you so much more peace of mind when you're in an area where you feel protected. That's one of the things that I have to make sure when I'm going on a bike ride, like I need to go on Google Maps and see if there is a bike lane or if there are a lot of cars are traffic on the shoulders. I have to do my research because I know Houston drivers or Houston road conditions, and there could be some serious situations and I don't want to be involved in that or have any surprises.”
“I let my friends know and advocate for things that are going on bike route-wise throughout the city. I think letting folks know that I that I ride my bike. Hopefully that makes them think twice when it comes to driving. I don't know, I think just being courteous on the road is a big part of it. And celebrating wins, there's been a lot of development over the last three, four years in Houston, bike paths and protected pathways and all of that stuff. And that's been really heartening to see. The city's, doing a great job of building on their infrastructure.”