Vision Zero Streets - A street design standard to lower traffic deaths to zero | Transportation Alternatives

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The Vision Zero Street Design Standard is a guide to planning, designing and building streets that can save lives. By showing how streets can be re-engineered to prevent dangerous driving and encourage multi-modal usage, it paves a practical way toward creating a city where crashes are preventable and deaths and serious injuries can be eliminated. These street design protocols were developed with the expertise of traffic engineers and urban planners, and are based on solutions already available in the New York City Department of Transportation’s Street Design Manual.

Today, we see Vision Zero spreading around the world. In the past two years in the U.S. alone, more than 15 cities have launched initiatives to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. This global trend provides a remarkable opportunity to build a legacy of safety into our road systems. The Vision Zero Street Design Standard is a tool to guide planners, elected officials, and advocates towards creating arterial roads in which safety is the norm. By incorporating the principles set forward in the Design Standard, cities can address engineering flaws that put pedestrians and cyclists at risk, without compromising movement by any mode. . . .

Why Vision Zero Streets?

[W]hen safety is made part of the fabric of the street itself, behavior is forced to change - sometimes without drivers even having to think about it. This is the most sustainable and effective solution, and an absolute necessity for achieving Vision Zero goals. . . .

The good news is, these street redesigns are achievable. Just as most crashes are caused by completely preventable driver choices, our city streets have entirely fixable design flaws.

MoBikeFed comment: Read more about the Vision Zero design standards, with many common-sense examples, at