Vision Zero

Click here to download our brand new Vision Zero Toolkit, released August 2015!
Our goal is to have zero deaths or life-altering injuries due to roadway design or user error in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Vision Zero began in 1997 in Sweden when the Parliament introduced a policy aimed to eliminate deaths and major injuries on their roads by 2020, with accompanying strategies. Vision Zero is the idea that every traffic collision is preventable, whether through engineering, education or enforcement. Since 1997, Sweden has been able to reduce their traffic fatalities by about 50%.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) has always believed that safety is a key issue for people biking. Numerous studies show that there are four types of people biking: strong and fearless, enthused and confident, and interested but concerned, and no way, no how. It is typically the “interested but concerned” group that is the largest, and it is those people we must target when thinking of building infrastructure that will attract them to try riding a bike or creating new policies to support bicycling. The Office of Traffic Safety showed that there were 256 pedestrians injured or killed and 244 bicyclists injured or killed in San Mateo County in 2012; and 577 pedestrians injured or killed and 746 bicyclists injured or killed in Santa Clara County in 2012. However, studies show the injury rate to people biking decreases as rates of bicycling increases. Bicycling isn’t inherently more dangerous than driving or walking, but it is that perception that needs to be addressed.

In 2011, SVBC co-hosted a safety summit with Stanford Healthcare, who was concerned about the high rate of bicyclists who came into the trauma center with fatal or life-threatening injuries. Out of this meeting the Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST) was born, a coalition of diverse stakeholders with the purpose of overcoming the challenges of the multijurisdictional nature of Silicon Valley, helping to coordinate efforts between cities, and minimizing roadway user confusion. Since then, the RSST has been working on various projects focused on infrastructure, education and behavior, and enforcement to help further these goals.

In recent years, Vision Zero has gained momentum around the United States, with New York City and San Francisco adopting Vision Zero plans in 2014. In 2015, the United State Department of Transportation issued the Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, challenging cities to address safety concerns on their roadways. Shortly after, the Vision Zero Act of 2015 was introduced in Congress, which would provide funding to cities that adopted a Vision Zero plan.

Click here to donate in support of our Vision Zero initiative.

Current programs:
The Commercial Vehicle Driver Training, offered by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to companies that utilize professional drivers for employee alternative transportation, provides information on best practices for driving large commercial vehicles when sharing the road with bicycles and pedestrians. We cover bicycling rules of the road, common causes of bicycle/vehicle/pedestrian conflict, anticipated bicyclist behavior in various situations, Bay Area-specific cases, and maneuvering skills for optimum predictability and collision prevention. This training is designed to improve safety and comfort for all users of the road.

Current Campaigns

Vision Zero Mountain View

Vision Zero San Mateo County

Vision Zero Santa Clara

Recent News

WIN: The Story of the New Bike Lanes at Sand Hill Road/280

This guest post was written by David Gildea, an SVBC member and active bike advocate based in Menlo Park. Thank you for writing this post, David! Got ideas for a guest blog? Email Jessica at jessica@bikesiliconvalley.org. There are new green bike lanes across the...

Pedal2Health Partners with Bike Share Company, Lime

At Pedal2Health events in affordable-housing communities, the number one barrier limiting resident participation stems from residents not owning a bike. A few reasons may include lack of access to bikes and secure bike storage, lack of safe bike infrastructure in...

New Interactive Map Shows Where SVBC Works

One question we get a lot here at SVBC is “what sort of work do you do over there?”. We now have an interactive map of all of the policies, program, and events that SVBC has been involved in over the last five years. Check it out!

Promoting Bike Safety with Pedal2Health

Pedal2Health program is thrilled to continue strengthening relationships with San Jose’s district representatives and law enforcement when leading bike safety workshops and bike rides in Vision Zero corridors for increased support for safe biking practices. Recently,...

Sí Se Puede: Win for Vision Zero in East Side

Thanks to Aundraya Martinez, Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department and Cordell Bailey of City of San Jose, Department of Transportation for co-authoring this guest blog post sharing their experiences on,"VP Unidos Caminata Project" a community collaborative...

Call to Action: Caribbean Drive in Sunnyvale

Nearly three months after the fatal bike-big rig collision on Caribbean Drive, the City of Sunnyvale is poised to revisit the design proposal for the SF Bay Trail Access Enhancement project west of Borregas Avenue. Earlier this week, Councilmember Russ Melton sent out...

Joshua’s Story: Biking Lifted Me Out of Depression

"I love biking because it, literally, keeps me moving. I could very easily fall back into depression and into the dark moments of my life. Biking helps force me to be out in the world. It helps me keep moving forward through all of life’s ups and downs." - Joshua...

Submit a Session Proposal for the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit

We are soliciting proposals for session and speaker ideas for the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit. The Bike Summit is a weekday, one-day conference intended to educate the community on key issues related to bicycling in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties as well as bring together people working in this field. Proposals are due March 31, 2018.

Bicyclist Death on Santa Clara County Expressway

Not even two weeks after news broke of a bicyclist fatality in Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office has identified 64-year-old Thanh Hoang as the latest bicycle crash victim who died on Saturday in San Jose while riding on Capitol Expressway

Vision Zero

Click here to download our brand new Vision Zero Toolkit, released August 2015!

Our goal is to have zero deaths or life-altering injuries due to roadway design or user error in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Vision Zero began in 1997 in Sweden when the Parliament introduced a policy aimed to eliminate deaths and major injuries on their roads by 2020, with accompanying strategies. Vision Zero is the idea that every traffic collision is preventable, whether through engineering, education or enforcement. Since 1997, Sweden has been able to reduce their traffic fatalities by about 50%.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) has always believed that safety is a key issue for people biking. Numerous studies show that there are four types of people biking: strong and fearless, enthused and confident, and interested but concerned, and no way, no how. It is typically the “interested but concerned” group that is the largest, and it is those people we must target when thinking of building infrastructure that will attract them to try riding a bike or creating new policies to support bicycling. The Office of Traffic Safety showed that there were 256 pedestrians injured or killed and 244 bicyclists injured or killed in San Mateo County in 2012; and 577 pedestrians injured or killed and 746 bicyclists injured or killed in Santa Clara County in 2012. However, studies show the injury rate to people biking decreases as rates of bicycling increases. Bicycling isn’t inherently more dangerous than driving or walking, but it is that perception that needs to be addressed.

In 2011, SVBC co-hosted a safety summit with Stanford Healthcare, who was concerned about the high rate of bicyclists who came into the trauma center with fatal or life-threatening injuries. Out of this meeting the Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST) was born, a coalition of diverse stakeholders with the purpose of overcoming the challenges of the multijurisdictional nature of Silicon Valley, helping to coordinate efforts between cities, and minimizing roadway user confusion. Since then, the RSST has been working on various projects focused on infrastructure, education and behavior, and enforcement to help further these goals.

In recent years, Vision Zero has gained momentum around the United States, with New York City and San Francisco adopting Vision Zero plans in 2014. In 2015, the United State Department of Transportation issued the Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, challenging cities to address safety concerns on their roadways. Shortly after, the Vision Zero Act of 2015 was introduced in Congress, which would provide funding to cities that adopted a Vision Zero plan.

Click here to donate in support of our Vision Zero initiative.

Current programs:
The Commercial Vehicle Driver Training, offered by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to companies that utilize professional drivers for employee alternative transportation, provides information on best practices for driving large commercial vehicles when sharing the road with bicycles and pedestrians. We cover bicycling rules of the road, common causes of bicycle/vehicle/pedestrian conflict, anticipated bicyclist behavior in various situations, Bay Area-specific cases, and maneuvering skills for optimum predictability and collision prevention. This training is designed to improve safety and comfort for all users of the road.