Over 33,000 Americans die on our roads each year, with casualties among our most vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) representing a growing proportion of this figure. There is something fundamentally wrong with how we are designing our streets and traffic systems. Conventional thinking assumes some traffic fatalities are inevitable, and therefore some death on our roads is acceptable. This is wrong. Vision Zero dramatically shifts this false perception and states that all traffic fatalities are preventable. Therefore, the only acceptable level of fatalities is zero.
» Promotes and supports local innovation in traffic safety by offering grants to local governments that have set aggressive policies to end traffic fatalities in their jurisdictions.
» Directs funding to local governments to develop inter-agency plans that connect the engineering of streets, with traffic enforcement and public education safety; improve implementation success; and create continuity for residents.
» Funds the implementation of safety innovations, and gathers best practices through a competitive grant program. Grant recipients must have both a Vision Zero policy and plan in place, and must document and report back to Congress and the US DOT best practices and lessons learned for dissemination to other cities and communities.
Catch up on what Bike Cleveland learned at the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. regarding Vision Zero here.
The League of American Bicyclists also have a good Vision Zero Fact Sheet you can check out and share.
We will be updating this page as details on this new bill develop, and how you can get involved to help us make sure our streets are no longer a place where human casualties are viewed as merely collateral damage. We are all drivers.