Traffic fatalities are preventable. Vision Zero is a system-wide effort to end traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries for all road users.
On average more than 425 people die each year walking, biking or driving on our city streets region-wide (MWCOG). Traffic-related fatalities have declined in recent years, but crashes causing injury (rather than death) are on the rise, especially among those who walk or bike. Traffic deaths and injuries are preventable. Vision Zero makes it everyone’s job—from policymakers to traffic engineers to law enforcement officials—to prevent them completely.
- More than 25% of total roadway deaths in the Washington D.C. region are people walking or biking (MWCOG).
- Over 2,600 people walking or biking are injured annually, 73 people are killed region-wide (MWCOG).
- Annually, there are more than 200 drivers and passengers killed, 68 pedestrians and 5 bicyclists region-wide (MWCOG).
News & Updates
- You Can’t Achieve Vision Zero if Pedestrians Don’t Come First – CityLab, January 15, 2016
- Next Steps towards Vision Zero: Creating tougher penalties for unsafe behavior — January 6, 2016
- DC’s Mayor Bowser releases 2 year Vision Zero Action Plan – December 16, 2015
- D.C.’s Mayor Bowser introduces The Vision Zero Act of 2015 – September 21, 2015
- Vision Quest: D.C. has committed to ending traffic fatalities by 2024, but is it ready to take the necessary steps? – Washington City Paper, September 11, 2015
- New push to reduce traffic deaths in District is part of national effort – Washington Post, March 9, 2015
- Washington, D.C., Adopting Plan To End Traffic Fatalities – Fast Companies, March 3, 2015
- It’s time for a “Vision Zero” in D.C. – February 26, 2014
- It’s time for the entire region to adopt Vision Zero – December 2, 2014
- Mayor Bowser Commits to Implementing Vision Zero – February 26, 2015
- New Goal Set For D.C.: Totally Eliminate Pedestrian Deaths – WAMU, March 3, 2015
- D.C. Commits to “Vision Zero” – Washington City Paper, March 2, 2015