The New York City (NYC) Department of Transportation (DOT) takes Vision Zero seriously, with a focus on redesigning streets for safety, as well as advancing proven policies and leading robust outreach and education efforts citywide. The NYC DOT’s Safety Education and Outreach Division’s 30 staff reach over 600 schools and 150 community centers every year. They do direct work – like distributing 210,000 free helmets to New Yorkers – and strategic work to create lasting safety changes with community input. In today’s People Behind the Progress, we’re going to hear from Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Assistant Commissioner for Education and Outreach, about her work on the frontline of Vision Zero.
Vision Zero’s focus to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries entails all parts of the roadway system prioritizing safety. Municipal fleets of vehicles are an important part of this equation, whether they’re used to shovel snow, respond to fires and emergencies or allow city employees to drive on official business. Measuring the operation of these […]
One of the most important factors that promising Vision Zero cities have in common is a commitment to a strong and active multi-agency task force to oversee their work and track progress (and challenges). Because Vision Zero tackles interconnected systems affecting mobility – transportation, law enforcement, policy, health, technology, communication – communities need to ensure […]
Lessons from New York City and Seattle Vision Zero’s Safe Systems approach means moving beyond a rearward review of crash maps to a forward-facing focus on trends and patterns to help identify future problem areas and work to prevent severe crashes before they happen. This means determining, analyzing, and addressing the underlying risk factors that […]
NYC, SF Decrease Traffic Fatalities by 28%, 41% Respectively Since Launching Vision Zero 2018 started with encouraging news from the nation’s two longest-running Vision Zero programs, New York City and San Francisco, both of which reported significant progress in their efforts to prioritize safe mobility for all. New York City reported a 28% decrease in […]
When it comes to advancing Vision Zero — the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries — speed matters most. And as Vision Zero momentum grows across the nation, more cities have been stepping up lead on this critical safety issue of managing speed for safety. Boston, Seattle, Portland, and New York City have […]
A Case Study on Prioritizing Interdepartmental Coordination & Accountability Vision Zero infrastructure and policy changes don’t just happen in a vacuum. It all starts with internal commitment, leadership and clear accountability to prioritize safety. Our new case study shares in-depth tips on the importance of planning and coordinating among diverse stakeholders to ensure successful actions, measure […]
In many cities, thousands of taxi and for-hire drivers log millions of miles on our roadways each year. With the increasing number of on-demand car services, these drivers can play a key role in creating safe streets and advancing Vision Zero. In this case study, we explore gains in New York City.
As we look to measure the progress of Vision Zero, we realize that we cannot wait to only count the progress on the long-term goal of reducing traffic deaths, but also in the progress made on individual projects and programs aimed toward safety. Cities such as Seattle, Washington and New York City, highlighted in this story, are showing success in their project-focused efforts. That is, after one year of project implementation, they are demonstrating reductions in vehicle speeds, crashes, serious injuries, and traffic deaths.