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Vision Zero

Take the Vision Zero Survey!

We want to hear from you as we outline the Action Plan for how we will reach our goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2035. Feedback collected from the survey will help us ensure that the Action Plan aligns with the experiences, values and needs of our community.  The survey is open January 24 - March 4. 


What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a global initiative to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. 

 

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In 2020, the Tacoma City Council passed Resolution 40559, committing to 

 joining the Vision Zero Action Network and abiding to a Vision Zero goal that eliminates traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the City of Tacoma by 2035. 


According to the Vision Zero network, each year, more than 40,000 people — the population of a small city — are killed on streets in the United States, and thousands more are seriously injured. A Vision Zero approach sees these traffic deaths and serious injuries as preventable. 

 

Why is Vision Zero Different?

 Image credit: Vision Zero Network

  

Why do we need Vision Zero in Tacoma?

According to Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crash data, between 2016 and 2020, there were approximately 3,400 reported collisions in Tacoma, of which almost 400 resulted in someone being killed or seriously injured. 


What are we doing now?

The City is developing a Vision Zero Action Plan through summer 2022, when it will be brought before the City Council for approval. The contributing elements of the Vision Zero Action Plan will include recent crash data, equity indicators, and community involvement to determine the best solution that benefits all. 

 

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We are exploring multiple opportunities to improve our transportation system for people driving, walking, rolling, biking, or taking transit, including:

  • Designing streets that make safe behavior the default.
  • Making changes to our codes and policies, such as reducing speed limits, adding automated enforcement traffic cameras in key locations, and calming traffic in our neighborhoods, that result in safer roadways for all. 
  • Educating drivers to be safe and respectful of all road users.
  • Creating systems for evaluation as we make ongoing improvements to our shared roadways. 
  • Significantly increasing our investments in active transportation projects (sidewalks, crossings, bikeways) and ensuring that every transportation project is approached as an opportunity to improve safety. 

We know a proactive approach has a big impact on safety and look forward to joining cities around the country (including Bellevue and Seattle in Washington), and many more around the world. 

 

What are the project benefits?

In addition to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries, taking a Vision Zero approach will provide other community benefits, including: 

  • Making our roadways work better for all users, including for people biking, walking, taking transit, and those using wheelchairs or micromobility devices like scooters
  • Reducing speeding and calming traffic on neighborhood streets
  • Improving economic development in neighborhood business districts 

Get Involved

This website will share information on our efforts to create and implement a Vision Zero Action Plan, as well as information about steps each of us can take to participate in this important effort to make our community safer for all of us, from young children to our esteemed elders and everyone in between. 

 

To sign up for Vision Zero Updates, please contact Carrie Wilhelme, Senior Transportation Planner.

 

Additional Resources:

Project Factsheet - English (January 2022)

Project Factsheet - Spanish

Project Factsheet - Russian

Project Factsheet - Khmer

Project Factsheet - Vietnamese

Project Factsheet - Korean


Tacoma's Local Road Safety Plan (April 2018)

Washington State Department of Transportation Crash Portal 

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