Building on the Rapid Growth of Vision Zero in 2015

by Leah Shahum | January 5, 2016 | in News

As we enter a new year, our resolution for 2016 is simple: continue — and build on — the incredible momentum of 2015.

In just two short years, the concept of Vision Zero — eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users — has evolved in the U.S. from an ambitious advocacy appeal to a leading policy imperative in major cities across the country. And, as the graphic below highlights, 2015 saw dramatic growth in the movement.

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Why the change? Thanks to strong advocacy and stepped-up political commitment, local communities are acknowledging – in an unprecedented way — that they do have the power and responsibility to prioritize safety in their transportation systems. And frustrated residents are increasingly demanding that they have safe mobility in their communities.

What will it take to make meaningful progress toward Vision Zero? We all know that it’s more than commitments through words, but rather through strong actions. For communities considering Vision Zero, we developed a helpful factsheet to highlight the 9 Components of a Strong Vision Zero Commitment.

For those already on the path toward Vision Zero, we look forward to launching the new Vision Zero Focus Cities Program. To be announced later this month, this collaborative network of U.S. cities will help each other achieve their Vision Zero goals by sharing lessons learned and embarking together to make progress in the most challenging areas of safe mobility. And the Vision Zero Network will be compiling and sharing these lessons and case studies to all who are interested.

Stay tuned for more soon!

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