Webinar Recap: Safe Systems — What Does it Mean for Vision Zero?

When discussing traffic safety, the lives so deeply impacted by injuries and fatalities can sometimes be minimized in technical and scientific jargon. Discussions about “level-of-service” for drivers or standards for traffic control devices tend to ignore the emotional and societal toll of 40,000 lives lost to traffic fatalities each year in the U.S. Fortunately, the […]

On the Way to Vision Zero: San Francisco’s Crisis Response Team, a Model Program

Tragically, we are still far from reaching Vision Zero in most of our communities, as people’s lives are shattered or even lost each day simply while walking, biking, or driving. These preventable deaths and injuries are, of course, tragic enough. Yet, victims’ loved ones may have their grief compounded even further with feelings of frustration […]

Changing Culture to Save Lives: Mexico City’s Bold Commitment to Vision Zero

The world’s fifth largest metropolitan area is helping more people move about safely, while also demonstrating that Vision Zero is a viable solution for communities well beyond its birthplace of Europe. Mexico City committed to Vision Zero in 2015, and in its first two years has successfully reduced traffic deaths by a notable 18%, including […]

Change is Happening: Q & A with Kathleen Ferrier, Outgoing VZN Staff

Kathleen Ferrier, the Vision Zero Network’s Policy & Communications Director, is moving on to a new position as Policy Director with her local councilmember in San Diego. Since joining us, she has been an indispensable member of our team. We are tremendously thankful to Kathleen for her notable accomplishments in advancing Vision Zero in the […]

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.

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.