Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
Vision Zero acknowledges that traffic deaths and severe injuries are preventable and sets the goal of eliminating both in a set time frame with clear, measurable strategies.
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This is why ZERO matters. Injuries and deaths on Cleveland roads are preventable.
In January 2018 Cleveland City Councilmen Matt Zone and Kevin Conwell introduced emergency resolution 5-18. Resolution 5-18 will establish a Vision Zero taskforce with the Cleveland City Council, City Administration, and key stakeholders to help create a Vision Zero plan for the City of Cleveland to address meaningful changes to traffic enforcement, land use and transportation ordinances. This type of local action has the opportunity to lead a change to create a “new normal” for transportation in Cleveland – one that is safer for everyone as they move throughout the city – no matter the vehicle or lack thereof.
Cleveland, by taking action to change the environment we move people through, can reduce injuries, boost bicycle ridership and healthy modes of transportation, positively impact the quality of life in the city – and SAVE LIVES. It will come through the thoughtful redesign of streets, lower speeds, improved driver education and behavior, resulting in an environment where mistakes from all road users do not end up with an obituary.
Vision Zero is a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together diverse and necessary stakeholders to address this complex problem. Cleveland has put together a Vision Zero Taskforce that meets quarterly. The Taskforce is broken into 5 focus areas that have subcommittees that meet monthly. The subcommittees and the co-chairs include:
Design/Engineering Subcommittee: Balance our transportation network as one that is built for people to create more diverse, safe, and equitable transportation options with zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries.
Enforcement Subcommittee: Create fair and equitable enforcement strategies in an effort to foster a safer transportation system and a healthy relationship between community and police. Determine a staffing and deployment strategy that works for all people in transit as well as law enforcement.
Education and Engagement Subcommittee: Raise awareness and develop buy-in for Vision Zero through amplifying existing efforts; developing education activities and accessible materials capable of promoting initiative goals among diverse audiences, and directing equitable campaigns that transform participants into champions for the cause.
Co-Chairs: Wayne Mortensen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Design and Development, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress & Jessica Jurcak (JJurcak@city.cleveland.oh.us), Health Promotion Coordinator, Cleveland Department of Public Health
Maintenance and Vehicle Fleet Subcommittee: Determine best practices for vehicle fleet safety and systematic methods for maintenance of multimodal assets inclusive of service levels.
Data and Evaluation Subcommittee: Define critical issues through data analysis. Create baselines and assess impact of factors like crashes, population density, economic development, and health outcomes.
If you are interested in participating on a subcommittee reach out to a co-chair. Subcommittee meeting dates are in the calendar below: