What is the Vision Zero Network?
Tens of thousands of men and women — our friends and family, colleagues and neighbors — are killed or injured in traffic collisions that could, and should, be prevented each year. We know we can do more to prevent this suffering, and we believe that all of us — whether driving, walking, bicycling, using a wheelchair, or riding transit — have a right to safe mobility.
The Vision Zero Network is helping communities across the nation mobilize to address the crisis of 40,000 traffic deaths a year in this country, and millions more injuries. We are bringing key stakeholders together to declare that “Enough is Enough,” recognizing these tragedies as preventable with the right strategies and commitment. Our goal is safe mobility for all.
The Vision Zero Network is a collaborative campaign helping 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 defining, building momentum, and advancing Vision Zero in communities across the U.S.
For our communities to succeed in keeping people safe on our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways, it will take real change. And we know that this change won’t be easy because it means, in many cases, affecting the status quo.
Networking Cities Together to Take Action
The Network convenes leaders in the realms of public health, transportation planning & engineering, policy, community advocacy, and the private sector to develop and share promising strategies and to support strong, distributed leadership that make Vision Zero a reality. 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. In addition to facilitating peer-to-peer networking amongst public sector staff working toward Vision Zero, the Network also brings together Vision Zero advocates from across the country, offering the chance to share and advance organizing strategies and lessons learned.
Communities of all sizes and types across the nation face similar challenges — and opportunities — in ensuring safe mobility. The Vision Zero Network offers support and resources for all communities committed to Vision Zero including: informational webinars, in-person meetings, conference panels, case studies, and hands-on resources that share successful strategies.
The Network’s early work in 2016 included the launch of its Vision Zero Focus Cities program to encourage collaboration among leaders in 10 early-adopter Vision Zero cities. Read more about Focus Cities here.
Examples of our work include:
- Helping to grow the number of U.S. communities committing to Vision Zero from just two to more than 30 today.
- Establishing expectations for the necessary strategies that lead to a successful Vision Zero commitment;
- Sharing policies and actions that support core principles of Vision Zero, such as managing speed and centering equity and inclusiveness;
- Offering peer exchange opportunities among recognized Vision Zero communities to share successful strategies, techniques, and resources as well as guidance on challenges that arise;
- Developing practical resources for Vision Zero leaders, such as Guidelines for an Effective Vision Zero Action Plan, Moving from Vision to Action, and Equity Strategies for Vision Zero Practitioners;
- Meeting directly with city staff and community members in existing and emerging Vision Zero communities to support their efforts;
- Providing a voice for Vision Zero at the national level, including as a Steering Group member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Road to Zero Coalition, which has set the first-ever goal of zero traffic deaths nationwide by 2050; and
- Partnering with national organizations to affect policy change on core issues such as speed management.
Learn How to Be Recognized
A strong, successful Vision Zero campaign can and should set a new standard for safety on our streets. Vision Zero is not a slogan, nor a tagline, not even just a program; instead, Vision Zero is a fundamental shift in how your community approaches the issue of safe mobility.
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 to ensure safe mobility for all people. At a minimum, this includes the community meeting the following criteria:
- Setting a clear goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries among all road users within an explicit timeframe (i.e. 10 years);
- The Mayor (or top elected official) publicly, officially committing to Vision Zero within the set timeframe and directing appropriate city staff to prioritize the work;
- A Vision Zero Action Plan or Strategy is in place, or the Mayor and key departments have committed to creating one in a specified time frame and which includes a focus on being data driven, equitable, and including community input;
- Key city departments, including Transportation, Public Health, and Mayor’s Office are actively engaged as leaders and partners in the process of developing the Vision Zero Plan, implementing it, and evaluating and sharing progress;
- A Vision Zero Task Force (including the agencies listed above, as well as community stakeholders, and others) meets regularly to lead and evaluate efforts.
Read more about becoming recognized as a Vision Zero community and complete a questionnaire here.