Vision Zero, a global initiative that began in Sweden in the 1990s, is striving to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safety and healthy mobility. The initiative focuses on education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement, equity and evaluation, all while promoting the underlying philosophy that basic safety comes from designs that protect people.
The goal of Vision Zero is to unite stakeholders, including government officials, technology companies, engineers and designers, to solve traffic safety challenges and create solutions that span disciplines and technologies, including smart traffic lights, parking solutions and more intelligent, safer intersections.
More than 40 U.S. communities have joined the initiative. While many of the first communities to join were larger cities, an increasing number of mid-sized and suburban communities are now embracing the Vision Zero approach. For instance, Bellevue, Wash., and Alexandria, Va., cities with populations of approximately 145,000 and 158,000 respectively, have joined the movement. Bellevue is aiming to eliminate traffic deaths and serious-injury collisions on city streets by 2030, while Alexandria is aiming to achieve zero traffic fatalities by 2028.