In developing a Vision Zero Action Plan, the process can be just as important as the product. That’s because moving from commitment to action takes more than words, or even good ideas, written into a plan. Progress takes building buy-in for changing the status quo and developing strong relationships with key stakeholders who understand and […]
Interest in Vision Zero is growing across the U.S. and the world. Many are wondering: “Where do we start?” While every community is different, there are some common first steps that we recommend. So, whether you are a mayor, a transportation planner or engineer, or a community advocate, we hope the following list of early […]
As the momentum around Vision Zero spreads across the United States, one of the most common questions we hear from interested stakeholders is: What makes a Vision Zero community? We know that achieving the goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries cannot be achieved with a “business as usual” mindset. While Vision Zero does […]
Access to comprehensive and accurate data is critical to Vision Zero success. Addressing the public health crisis of nearly 40,000 preventable traffic fatalities annually in this country requires a comprehensive understanding of the who, what, where, when and why of this tragic toll. While data collected from police reports helps answer some questions, it doesn’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
One of the defining characteristics of Vision Zero is the fundamental focus on breaking down silos and uniting local stakeholders behind common goals. Cross-departmental collaboration isn’t simply advisable — its importance cannot be emphasized enough as a critical foundation to a successful Vision Zero commitment. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New York City have found ways to bridge unintentional but long-standing gaps between key local agencies and identified innovative means to build new organizational architecture to advance Vision Zero.
In the waning moments of 2013, as many Bay Area revelers prepared to ring in the New Year, six-year-old Sofia Liu was struck and killed by an Uber while crossing the street in San Francisco. It marked the end of a particularly fatal year for bicyclists and pedestrians — and the start of a mobilization […]