Vision Zero: where is it now?

  1. Traffic fatality rates in the US
  2. The Vision Zero mindset
  3. The mixed results from current Vision Zero schemes
  4. Why some Vision Zero schemes are working and not others
  5. What can be done about it

Looking at the US Traffic Fatality Rates

In 2019, the US saw a total of 36,096 traffic deaths, and has seen similarly high numbers in previous years. So what are the major contributors to these high rates?

The Vision Zero mindset

Vision Zero, in brief, is a strategy with the goal to achieve zero traffic deaths and zero severe injuries.

  1. Building and sustaining collaboration, leadership and accountability between stakeholders (transportation professionals, policymakers, public health officials, police, and community members)
  2. Collecting, analysing, and using data to understand trends and impacts of deaths on certain populations
  3. Prioritising equity and community engagement
  4. Managing speed to safe levels
  5. Setting a timeline by which we can achieve zero traffic deaths and injuries, to create urgency and accountability and ensure transparency on progress.

Vision Zero: mixed results

  1. Improving street safety through measures like traffic calming plans and street closures
  2. Educating people about road safety via training
  3. Improving vehicle safety by standardizing data and developing guidelines for emerging automated and connected vehicles
  4. Increasing and bettering data systems across organisations

Why are Vision Zero schemes working in some areas and not others?

Washington’s Department of Transportation’s map of statewide travel alerts

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