Philadelphia traffic deaths on the rise, despite Vision Zero promise (Vision Zero Watch)

Two years after Mayor Jim Kenney launched the Vision Zero initiative aimed at eliminating traffic deaths in Philadelphia by 2030, the number of people being killed in crashes is on the rise.

“If we continue our current trend,” authors of a report issued by the city Tuesday wrote, “we will not reach our goal by 2030.”

In 2017, there were 78 traffic deaths in Philadelphia, the lowest since 2014, but last year, that number shot up by 17%, to 91. More than 40% of those killed between 2014 and 2018 were pedestrians, though pedestrians made up only 7% of those involved in crashes.