Vision Zero Toolkit

Our Vision Zero Toolkit is designed for city and county staff, elected officials, and other transportation and planning professionals who would like to see their jurisdiction adopt and implement Vision Zero, the goal to eliminate traffic deaths and life-altering injuries on our roadway. SVBC, along with California Walks, created the Toolkit to provide the short-, mid-, and long-term steps that a city can take to reduce major collisions. Informed by best practices from around the globe, we hope that this Toolkit will provide a roadmap for cities to work toward this important goal. Advocates can also use this guide to understand what actions to ask their jurisdictions to implement at the local level to end roadway fatalities and life-altering injuries.

 

The Vision Zero Toolkit is framed using the “Five E’s” of street safety improvements (Evaluation and Planning
Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement). It is essential that municipalities also think of Engagement and Equity as they work toward a Vision Zero program that is inclusive and impactful. Vision Zero cannot be achieved without looking at changes in each of the categories.

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Download the SVBC/California Walks Vision Zero Toolkit.
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