Frequently Asked Questions
The Vision Zero Network offers support for U.S. communities actively engaged in Vision Zero, as well as those who are interested in adopting a Vision Zero commitment.
For communities actively engaged in Vision Zero, the Network convenes in-person meetings among Vision Zero leaders across the country to allow for peer to peer networking, organizes informational webinars and calls, and hosts an online forum where departmental staff involved in Vision Zero can ask for resources and share recommendations. The Network also convenes leaders and representatives from advocacy organizations across the country who are working to emphasize the message behind Vision Zero and holding elected leaders and system designers accountable to prioritize safety over speed.
For those interested in adopting a Vision Zero commitment, the Network invites you to participate in ongoing webinars, and shares case studies, and other hands-on resources to promote successful strategies in peer communities.
Key among priorities for the Vision Zero Network are managing speed, centering equity, and engaging community members in Vision Zero projects and programs.
Vision Zero is not a slogan, not a tagline, not even just a program. It is a fundamentally different way to approach traffic safety.
Vision Zero starts with the fact that traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable - they are not mere “accidents”. The movement is centered around the ethical belief that everyone has the right to move safely in their communities, and that system designers and policy makers share the responsibility to ensure safe systems for travel. This Safe Systems approach recognizes that people will sometimes make mistakes, so the road system and related policies should be designed to ensure those inevitable mistakes do not result in severe injuries or fatalities.
Vision Zero recognizes that the elimination of all traffic crashes is not feasible, as people will make mistakes, but rather focuses on the lessening of the severity of those crashes, in order to prevent death and severe injuries. Chief among the strategies is prioritizing safe roadway design and policies that ensure safe traveling speeds.
Learn more about key elements of Vision Zero in these Network-produced resources available on our Resources page.
The Vision Zero Network will recognize as “Vision Zero communities” those who are taking demonstrable and significant actions to advance the principles of Vision Zero. We have developed a questionnaire for communities who are interested in being recognized to complete. This helps us understand what actions have been taken to date in your community and establish baseline data. It should help interested communities learn about our expectations related to a Vision Zero commitment.
Vision Zero can happen in cities big and small, urban and suburban. Any commitment should be carefully considered. Leaders must take several steps to build departmental collaboration and an understanding of how Vision Zero is different from a traditional approach to traffic safety. A strong successful Vision Zero campaign can and should set a new standard for safety on our streets. Read about criteria to become recognized as a Vision Zero community here. Not sure if you’re ready? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Contact Us web page.
Staff at the Vision Zero Network routinely travel around the country to speak at conferences as a way to advance Vision Zero principles and learn what’s happening on the ground in different communities. For smaller meetings in individual communities, we are happy to discuss visits or participating long-distance. To discuss, contact us at email@example.com.
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