Vision Zero-Not Just for Big Cities

Fremont, California, an early-adopter to Vision Zero in the U.S., has a lot in common with other Vision Zero cities, but it’s not the population. It’s a medium-sized, Silicon Valley city – population of 230,000 – with a relatively small budget. Yet, leadership in this city has re-evaluated projects and programs through a Vision Zero lens and demonstrated success in a short period of time.

Vision Zero from the Inside-Out

A Case Study on Prioritizing Interdepartmental Coordination & Accountability Vision Zero infrastructure and policy changes don’t just happen in a vacuum. It all starts with internal commitment, leadership and clear accountability to prioritize safety. Our new case study shares in-depth tips on the importance of planning and coordinating among diverse stakeholders to ensure successful actions, measure […]

Centering Safety at Metropolitan Planning Organizations

A new resource helping cities and regional agencies collaborate on safety measurement, funding, policy, and planning   The role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, or MPOs, is receiving increasing attention as more people across the country acknowledge the travesty of preventable loss of lives on our roadways and adopt a Vision Zero approach to eliminate traffic […]

Building Capacity & Empowering People with Funding: Key to Vision Zero

The success of Vision Zero hinges on creating safe travel for all. This entails involving people who use our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways and, particularly, those who are most impacted by safety problems. While Vision Zero encourages cities to make the most of data to prioritize resources and win support to address the most urgent […]

Moving from Vision to Action: What Will it Take to Reach Vision Zero?

A New Resource from the Vision Zero Network Vision Zero. The words are intriguing…captivating even. The bold concept appeals to many people. After all, who would be against the goal of reducing the number of needless traffic deaths to zero? And, the urgency is unambiguous, given that more than 35,000 people were killed (and millions more […]

Top 5 Vision Zero Trends of 2016

2016 was a monumental year for Vision Zero across the United States.

The number of cities committing to Vision Zero more than doubled, and interest in adopting meaningful, action-driven policies for safe streets has spread from a few early-adopter, big, coastal cities to communities large and small across the country. As we roll into 2017 with a challenge that is as big as ever, it’s helpful to look back at the trends — both promising and troubling — that shaped Vision Zero progress in 2016.

Case Study: How can cities increase the safety of large vehicles in urban areas?

In this case study, we look at how cities can make relatively simple, inexpensive technology, policy, and training improvements to large vehicles to come closer to achieving Vision Zero. Early-adopter Vision Zero cities such as New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and San Francisco  have experienced success in recent years, following cities in Europe, Asia, and Latin […]

Joint Departmental Vision Zero Budget Requests: An L.A. Case Study

Cross-departmental collaboration is one of the necessary elements for effective Vision Zero efforts. Traffic safety is not the purview of any single department, and Vision Zero projects often demand buy-in and leadership from multiple agencies within a city structure, including Transportation, Public Works, Police, and Public Health, among others. While it’s not glamorous or even visible to most of the public, one of the most important things a city can do is make sure its internal processes allow for – and even incentivize – strong cooperation between agencies to advance Vision Zero.