What is Vision Zero? Moving towards zero traffic deaths | Vision Zero Network

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Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe — and now it’s gaining momentum in major American cities.
The Problem

Each year, more than 30,000 people — the population of a small city — are needlessly killed on American streets and thousands more are injured. We call this suffering traffic “accidents” — but, in reality, we have the power to prevent traffic collisions.

For too long, we’ve considered traffic deaths and severe injuries to be inevitable side effects of modern life. We face a crisis on our streets — with traffic violence taking too many lives — but there has traditionally been a lack of urgency from the public and our policymakers to reverse this fatal trend. Even those attempting to address the problem — the traffic engineer, police officer, policymaker, advocate or public health specialist — are working upstream, often isolated in silos or trying to move forward without reliable data, resources, or political support.

MoBikeFed comment: Vision Zero is a powerful and successful initiative that is gaining momentum across the U.S.

They have developed the tools and techniques needed to actually *eliminate* traffic fatalities. Now all we need is the political will to implement them.

Columbia, Missouri--led by the PedNet Coalition, the local bicycle & pedestrian advocacy group there--is moving rapidly to implement Vision Zero. We would like to see many other Missouri communities move to adopt Vision Zero as well.

Please take a look at the Vision Zero Network page to find out more.