Elevating Efforts in Vision Zero Cities Across the U.S.

 

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“Great cities do big things, and participating in the Vision Zero Focus Cities program will help us accomplish our goal.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler

The Vision Zero Network recognizes that achieving the goal of safe mobility for all is not only critically important but also distinctly challenging. Those communities stepping up to boldly change business as usual deserve support. That’s why the Vision Zero Network has pledged to foster collaboration between leading cities to accelerate progress toward eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries.

In early 2016, the Vision Zero Network launched its Vision Zero Focus Cities program to encourage collaboration between leaders in 10 early-adopter Vision Zero cities. Through peer-to-peer networking, sharing of innovations and data, and leadership development, staff and officials from the Focus Cities support and encourage each other as they develop successful American practices to reach zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries on our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways.

The Vision Zero Network facilitates cooperation among the Focus Cities, including peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and strategies, sharing data, and regular communication to not only advance the cities’ individual efforts but also advance the state of the practice of traffic safety in cities across the nation.

Vision Zero Focus City leaders meeting
Staff and Officials from Vision Zero Focus City leaders share strategies during a meeting in New York.

Sharing Emerging Practices Widely

Communities of all sizes and types across the nation face similar challenges — and opportunities — in ensuring safe mobility for all. The Vision Zero Focus Cities program creates a collaborative network of committed cities to build a common vision, and to develop and share effective strategies that can be adapted and shared broadly.

Recognizing the importance of a stepped-up, multi-departmental, collaborative approach to advance Vision Zero, participants in the Vision Zero Network Focus Cities program include representatives from each city’s Mayor’s Office, Transportation Department, Police Department, and Public Health Department. In addition, a concurrent track for collaboration networks Vision Zero community advocates from each of the Focus Cities.

These pioneering cities were selected through a competitive process to accelerate Vision Zero in the United States and to serve as models for other communities. The cities leverage their shared resources and highly-visible national profiles to showcase their commitments to transform the culture and expectations around traffic safety through public policy, roadway designs, and other systemic practices to prioritize safety.

“Our shared goals to stop traffic deaths are ambitious and urgent. We will get there faster together by learning from one another.”Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation

The Vision Zero Focus Cities are:

Supporting all Cities Pursuing Zero Traffic Deaths

The Vision Zero Network also supports other communities through its Emerging Cities program, which facilitates networking and collaboration among other cities at various stages of commitment to Vision Zero. This fast-growing cohort consists of both small and large communities earlier in their development of Vision Zero but no less dedicated to the goal of ensuring their streets and sidewalks are safe for all.

Staff and advocates from Vision Zero Emerging Cities may participate in peer exchange opportunities, such as calls and webinars, and contribute to and use resources developed and shared by the Vision Zero Network.

Contact us to learn more about city-to-city networking opportunities toward Vision Zero.