What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is a data driven strategy intended to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on city streets by 2030. The City of Madison Vision Zero initiative strives to improve pedestrian and bike safety for all users throughout the city and improve the identified high injury intersections, all in an effort to prevent avoidable fatal crashes.
Safety starts with all of us.
We can’t control human error, but we can help create more forgiving infrastructure and change systems to prevent crashes from being serious and fatal.
How Does This Relate To You?
The core belief of Vision Zero is that death and injury on city streets is preventable. This approach to safety emphasizes smarter street designs that account for human error and education, data-driven enforcement and community engagement.
With the Vision Zero approach City departments and residents work together to make city streets safer and meet the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries in Madison.
Madison Vision Zero Principles
- Safety - Safety for all roadway users, including bicycle and pedestrian safety. One life lost on our streets is too many.
- Equity - The City of Madison recognizes the disparity, racial and economic difference in neighborhoods and will focus on improving lower income community roadways included in the high injury network. Equity is a top priority for the City of Madison and will be at the forefront of discussions, actions and improvements.
- Data-Focused - Data will drive our focus on where to invest time and money to improve the highest injury intersections and roadways.
- Accountability - The City of Madison will set clear goals and objectives, as well as engaging the community in outreach and collaboration to make Vision Zero a success.
Vision Zero Approach to Reduce Traffic Fatalities
What are the next steps?
- Announce Vision Zero to the public.
- Create a detailed Action Plan over the next year that outlines the goals and strategies that Vision Zero Madison will utilize to meet the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030.
- Maintain an education and outreach program for the public.
- Make Madison streets and intersections safer with improvements to infrastructure.
Vision Zero News Releases:
- Vision Zero: City to Lower Speed Limit on Gammon Road and McKenna Boulevard (posted 12/4/2020)
- Vision Zero: City to Lower Speed Limit on Prairie Road (posted 10/23/2020)
- October 15th is White Cane Safety Day in Madison (posted 10/15/2020)
- Vision Zero: City to Lower Speed Limit on Milwaukee Street (posted 10/9/2020)
- Vision Zero: City to Lower Speed Limit on East Washington Avenue (posted 9/25/2020)
- Press Conference Video - July 23, 2020 (posted 7/23/2020)
- City of Madison joins Vision Zero initiative – Even one traffic death is too many (posted 7/23/2020)