What is the Vision Zero Network?

The Vision Zero Network is a collaborative campaign to help communities reach their goals of Vision Zero — eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries — while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

As a nonprofit project, the Vision Zero Network is committed to build momentum and advance Vision Zero in communities across the U.S. Our goal is safe mobility for all.

We recognize that everyone has the right to safe mobility, whether walking, bicycling, driving, riding a scooter, using a wheelchair, or riding transit. Yet, each year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are killed, and millions more injured, in preventable traffic crashes. These are our friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors. We can prevent these tragedies.

What does the Vision Zero Network do?

The Vision Zero Network helps communities across the nation recognize this public health crisis and mobilize for positive change. Our work includes the following:

  • Providing a strong advocacy voice for Vision Zero and the Safe System approach at the national level;
  • Supporting efforts of public sector staff and community-based leaders to set and advance Vision Zero goals;
  • Partnering to affect policy change in meaningful, lasting ways;
  • Developing & sharing resources on promising roadway strategies, techniques, and resources, based on the Safe System approach, such as managing speeds, prioritizing Complete Streets, and centering equity and inclusiveness in Vision Zero efforts;
  • Providing learning opportunities, including peer exchanges, informational calls and webinars, and other forums to facilitate sharing of promising safety strategies, as well as guidance on challenges for policymakers, practitioners, community advocates and others;
  • Establishing and promoting high standards for Vision Zero recognition and progress (more here);

We mobilize stakeholders to recognize that “Enough is Enough” and work to make changes to prioritize safe mobility for all. For our communities to succeed in keeping people safe on our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways, it will take real change, a shift to the status quo. Read more about Vision Zero.

How the Network Makes a Difference

The Network convenes leaders in the realms of transportation planning & engineering, policymaking, public health, community advocacy, research, and the private sector to develop and share promising strategies and to support strong, distributed leadership to make Vision Zero a reality on the ground. Leaders in these diverse fields are critical to build understanding and buy-in for Vision Zero and to implement meaningful policies and practices that ensure safe mobility for all.

Communities of all sizes and types across the nation face similar challenges — and opportunities — in advancing safe mobility. A few noteworthy examples include disproportionately negative impacts in certain areas and communities, including people of color and low-income people, and people walking and biking.

The Vision Zero Network offers support and resources for all communities committing to Vision Zero. (Note that the Vision Zero Network does not represent or speak for individual community-led Vision Zero efforts. If you’re interested in activities in a specific community, please contact them directly.)

Our available, online resources include Best Practices in developing Vision Zero Action Plans, High-Injury Networks, community engagement strategies, and racial equity priorities, as well as supportive resources from organizations around the world. Anyone interested in following Vision Zero efforts can subscribe to our monthly e-Newsletter.

photo credit: NYC DOT

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