You might have heard about a concept called Vision Zero and how it has manifested in your local community. Here is a round-up of what we know about Vision Zero in general, and what it looks like in Watchdog’s two homes: Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is a multi-national road traffic safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic. The strategy aims to increase safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all. Vision Zero was successfully implemented in Sweden in the 1990s and has seen a great deal of success in Europe. It is now gaining traction in major American cities.
Vision Zero strives to reduce the amount of people who are killed each year in traffic incidents. Each year, more than 40,0000 people are needlessly killed on American streets. The pillars of Vision Zero are:
- Traffic deaths are PREVENTABLE
- Integrate HUMAN FAILING in approach
- Prevent FATAL AND SEVERE CRASHES
- SYSTEMS approach
- Saving lives is NOT EXPENSIVE
Vision Zero- Philadelphia
In our headquarters city of Philadelphia, 53% of the city’s traffic-related deaths are a result of aggressive driving, which includes speeding and failure to yield. Every year, crashes take the lives of approximately 100 people and severely injury 250 more.
The Bicycle Coalition has been advocating for a comprehensive Vision Zero policy in Philadelphia for several years. The Coalition has conducted conferences and created partnerships to spread the message and implement change. There is an ongoing petition where you can pledge your support for Vision Zero in Philadelphia, with a working Action Plan of changes the city should carry out.
The Vision Zero executive task force presented Philadelphia with a three-tier action plan that outlines Vision Zero’s near-term goals. The long term goal is to reduce traffic-related deaths in Philadelphia to zero by 2030.
Vision Zero- Los Angeles
Last year, 245 lives were lost due to traffic related accidents in Los Angeles. Vision Zero is working in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to end all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024. LA’s focus is on protecting the most vulnerable populations: children, older adults and people walking and biking. The city has identified that 65% of severe and fatal collisions involving people walking and biking happen on just 6% of the city streets. Vision Zero Los Angeles is addressing the network of high-injury streets.
Click here to see the Safety Improvements Map from Vision Zero Los Angeles.