Road to Zero Report Offers Strategies to Save Lives Once thought quixotic, the goal of zero traffic deaths — already being pursued in dozens of early-adopting Vision Zero communities in the United States — was embraced today at the national level with the release of a groundbreaking report setting a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities […]
Families for Safe Streets Grow Across North America You probably know the startling statistics: 40,000 traffic deaths last year in this country – an average of 100 people each day whose lives were cut short – and millions more injured. Less prominent in the news is the depth of grief and suffering behind each one […]
A Case Study on Managing Speed for Safety Speed-related fatalities and injuries have reached alarming numbers, with a recent national study finding that more than 10,000 deaths each year in the U.S. are related to speeding. That’s an estimated 27 lives lost each day – children, parents, grandparents, friends – all deaths that could and […]
As the number of Vision Zero communities surpasses 30, we commend the advocates and city leaders across the nation who are calling out the truth that traffic deaths are not inevitable and investing in real change — on the streets, in policies, and in funding decisions — to prioritize safety. Heading into a new year, […]
The following is drawn from the research of Vision Zero Network founder and director Leah Shahum, who participated in a 2015 German Marshall Fund Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship to study Vision Zero and related efforts in European nations. The full report can be viewed here. How to Move from Good Intentions to Results “This is […]
If someone had asked me five years ago what the chances were of people in the U.S. taking seriously the goal of reaching zero traffic deaths in my lifetime, I would have, reluctantly, responded: That’s a nice thought, but I can’t imagine it happening in today’s culture in our country. Well, I’m so pleased to […]
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 […]
I was honored to attend and speak at the International Vision Zero Conference last week, and to join with more than 200 people from dozens of countries to learn about positive trends occurring for the movement in cities across the world. Highlights include a renewed Vision Zero commitment from Sweden, interest in U.S. grassroots strategies, and successful speed reduction in Mexico City among others.
At its core, Vision Zero recognizes that all people have the right to move about their communities safely. All people. At its core, Vision Zero is about ensuring equity on our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways. We share this case study and call on city and community leaders to center equity in their Vision Zero work. […]
A recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) documenting an unprecedented increase in traffic deaths among people walking was alarming enough. But to see widespread news coverage demeaning the seriousness of this issue by dumbing down the problem to one of too many pedestrians using cell phones was downright unsettling.