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

Your Voices Heard, Caltrans and County Settle Dispute to Build Page Mill/280

Over the summer, we updated you that the Page Mill/280 striping project that was designed and funded in 2016 after the tragic death of Jeff Donnelly in 2015 had still not been completed. We are happy to now report that Caltrans and the County have resolved the issues that were preventing the project from moving forward. 

Take Action on Bike Lanes on El Camino in Several Cities

SVBC has been pushing for safer bike facilities along El Camino Real for years. Three cities (Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Redwood City) are in various stages of planning for improvements to El Camino Real and the cities need your feedback. Please get involved in your local El Camino project and check out photos of the various efforts!  

Bicyclist Killed in Sunnyvale Saturday

We are saddened to learn of the recent death of a person biking on Saturday in Sunnyvale near Central Expressway and Pajaro Avenue. We express our heartfelt condolences to the person’s friends and family and urge the city to prioritize roadway safety in upcoming plans. Police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspected driver of a red or maroon 2004-06 Toyota Sienna minivan, with front windshield and front fender damage. Anyone who has information or witnessed the collision can call the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 408-730-7128.

Get Involved in Daly City

Do you live work or play in Daly City? Now’s the time to pay attention as the city is moving on several important plans to make Daly City a safer and more convenient place to bike. Read on for more details.

2018 Silicon Valley Bike Summit recap

Thank you to all who participated in the 8th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit! This year was our biggest year yet! A huge thanks to Mineta Transportation Institute for hosting and to all our Signature and Supporting Sponsors! Did you miss one of the breakout sessions or just want to check out the slides from a favorite speaker? Check them all out on our blog recap.

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...

Page Mill/280: It’s still not built

Many of you recall the tragic bike fatality of Jeff Donnelly two and a half years ago at the dangerous intersection of Page Mill and 280. At the time, SVBC worked to get the relevant public agencies to prioritize increased safety for this complicated intersection. We...

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...

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.