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GIVE INPUT ON PROPOSAL ON INCREASING TRAFFIC SAFETY
Use City online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Friday, January 18, 2019) - Use the City of Berkeley's online forum to inform a City Council proposal to create an official task force, hold community events and have a Council worksession all focused on eliminating fatal and severe traffic injuries.

The task force would lead the planning and implementation effort for Vision Zero - an effort to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. The task force would include representatives from the City Manager's office, Police, Public Works, Fire, and Public Health.

The community events would seek to encourage equitable outcomes, cooperation and collaboration from community stakeholders to set shared goals and focus on coordination and accountability.

The proposal would ask the City Manager to develop an action plan to establish clear strategies, owners of each strategy, interim targets, timelines, & performance measures. This Vision Zero Action Plan would be presented at a worksession and then report progress to council on a biannual basis.

View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee. Learn more by reading Item 12 on the January 29, 2019 council agenda.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

On Berkeley Considers, each person on Council-focused topics will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The forum will also be moderated so that comments comply with our guidelines for civility, which prohibits elements such as hate speech, personal attacks or obscene materials.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices.

The platform is operated by OpenGov, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by OpenGov to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full City Council through one email address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide the Council with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Look at the question before you. Consider what others are saying. Let the City Council know what you would like them to consider for Berkeley.

 

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