Vision Zero Fundamentals
Below are resources to support communities' planning and actions towards Vision Zero.
- Nine Components of a Strong Commitment
- Core Elements for Vision Zero Communities
- Where to Start on the Road to Vision Zero
- Guidelines for Creating an Effective Vision Zero Action Plan
- Moving from Vision to Action: Fundamental Principles, Policies and Practices to Advance Vision Zero in the U.S.
- Why Vision Zero differs from traditional traffic safety approach
- Interdepartmental Coordination: NYC and other cities
- Centering Safety at Metropolitan Planning Orgs
- Joint Departmental Budgeting: LA
- Communications Strategies
- The Central Role of Public Health
- What is the High Injury Network?
Vision Zero recognizes that all people have the right to move about their communities safely. Traffic safety efforts must be part of work to end systemic racism, including longtime under-investment in safe conditions and over-policing in communities of color.
- Acting for Racial Justice & Just Mobility
- Vision Zero Equity Strategies for Practitioners
- The Untokening: Principles of Mobility Justice
- Roadway safety, design & equity: A paradigm shift
- Fines and Fee Justice Center
- Vision Zero: A Health Equity Road Map for Getting to Zero
- Elevating Equity in Vision Zero Communications
- Racial Inequity in Traffic Enforcement
- At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity
- Portland's Lessons on Equity through Vision Zero
Safe speed is a core tenet of Vision Zero and the safe systems approach. Learn how cities are managing speed and more about safe systems.
- NACTO Safe Speeds
- Managing Speed for Safety, Understanding why speed matters most
- Portland Tames Speed, Case Study
- FHWA & ITE: Noteworthy Speed Management Practices
- FHWA & ITE: 8 Noteworthy Practice Case Studies
- NTSB Speed Study, 2017
- Vision Zero Network Highlights and Takeaways of NTSB Speed Study
- IIHS speed management webpage and research
- ASE Implementation: Survey Findings & Lessons Learned in U.S.
- System Analysis of ASE Implementation, NHTSA, 2016
- Speed Management Program Plan, NHTSA, FHWA, FMCSA
- Speed Management Toolkit, FHWA
- Taming Speed for Safety: Portland Case Study
Resolutions & Directives
Strong policy resolutions, whether originating from a legislature, an executive, or an agency, are a fundamental baseline for any Vision Zero effort.
Vision Zero Maps
A number of leading cities have committed to Vision Zero — while many others are considering and working toward such a commitment.
Vision Zero plans should set clear goals, and include staff roles and responsibilities. Like any good action plan, it should be specific, measurable, realistic, operate on a clear timeline, and involve a wide array of stakeholders to be successful.
Studies & Reports
Data collection and measurement lays the foundation for Vision Zero. How data is used to communicate and evaluate progress toward goals should reflect the values of the overall strategy.
Webinars & Recordings
The Vision Zero Network hosts numerous webinars each year to highlight successful strategies in Vision Zero cities across the U.S.
- NEW: Promising Practices to Manage Speed in Cities for Pedestrian Safety
- Core Elements for Vision Zero Communities (w/Institute of Transportation Engineers)
- Safe Systems — What Does it Mean for Vision Zero?
- Developing a Proactive, Systems-Based Approach to Safety
- Spotlight on Lighting to Advance Vision Zero
- Lessons from San Francisco’s High Injury Network Data
- Examples of Effective Action Plans: Los Angeles and Denver
- Managing Speed in your Community: Portland Shows us How
- Vision Zero 101 - Approach for Mid-Sized Cities - Fremont, California
- A Discussion with the National Transportation Safety Board
Effective Vision Zero campaigns use a sophisticated, data-driven approach, ensuring that the right message reaches the right audience at the right time. Communications strategies should be tailored to the local audience, and followed up with evaluation.
- Words Matter: Effective Messaging
- War is Not the Answer: Framing and Messaging for Collective Action on Road Safety - Berkeley Media Studies Group
- Your Choices Matter - New York, NY
- There's no one someone won't miss - Victoria, Australia
- Can’t reach it, can’t use it. - Seattle, WA
- Edmonton Zeroes in on Safety - Edmonton, AB
White Papers and Case Studies on topics of interest to cities developing Vision Zero Strategies. Vision Zero is a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to traffic safety.
- National Roadway Safety Strategy
- Achieving Multi-Modal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts
- Toward Zero Deaths: U.S. National Strategy on Highway Safety
- National Transportation Safety Board
- Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety Innovation
- Fact sheet on Road Safety Cameras
- Higher Speed Limits Lead to More Deaths
- American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety
- Integrating Speed Management (FHWA)
- Transportation Safety Planning and the Zero Deaths Vision: A Guide for Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Local Communities (FHWA)
Strategies and fact sheets from abroad. Vision Zero is an international movement, with origins in Sweden. Today, countries like Sweden and the Netherlands are leading the planet in traffic safety and inspire cities across the globe to create people-friendly streets.
- World Resources Institute: Sustainable and Safe - A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths
- Road Safety Sweden: Saving Lives Beyond 2020
- Systemic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero (video)
- Australia's Safe System Approach Explained
- The Netherlands Sustainable Safety (SWOV) Fact Sheet | Additional Dutch SWOV Fact Sheets
- Sweden’s Vision Zero Initiative
- Sweden’s Indicator Report (2013)
- New Zealand’s Safer Journeys Program
Working with Fleets
Fleet safety is particularly important, as these vehicles often spend a significant amount of time on the roads. Working to involve fleets in Vision Zero plans and actions is an opportunity for progress. Working in partnership with Together for Safer Roads (TSR), we share the following resources to advance fleet safety:
- New York City Training Videos for Drivers and Fleet Operators
- City Vision Zero Plans, including the Houston Vision Zero Action Plan, Vision Zero Chicago and Vision Zero Cambridge
- Transportation for London's Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme
- Case Study: How can cities increase the safety of large vehicles in urban areas?
- Using Technology to Address Road Safety Challenges, by TSR for fleets
- Fleet Safety Webinars
- How can we engage taxi and for-hire drivers in Vision Zero?