A Vision Zero policy establishes a goal of reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero, typically by a target date. Here in Hillsborough County, a “Vision Zero” goal resolution has been adopted by the Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County Commission, Temple Terrace City Council, and by the School Board of Hillsborough County.
Vision Zero is an approach to road safety that began in Sweden and has been implemented in that country since 1997. At the core of the worldwide Vision Zero movement is the belief that death and injury on city streets is preventable – in other words, that these aren’t “accidents,” but the result of poor behaviors combined with unforgiving roadway designs. Several U.S. cities have adopted Vision Zero, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Austin, and San Diego.
The MPO Policy Committee, along with many partners, are in the process of developing a Vision Zero Action Plan in 2016 and 2017.
Residents, businesspeople, health professionals, representatives of the media, law enforcement, schools, local governments, and others are invited to collaborate on the steps needed to take traffic safety to the next level in our community.
The Action Planning process is organized around four Action Tracks:
- Paint Saves Lives (pop-up design interventions)
- One Message, Many Voices (outreach and messaging)
- Consistent and Fair (enforcement)
- The Future Will Not be Like the Past (flexible design standards)
Be Part of the Movement
- Sign up for the Walk/Bike newsletter
- Sign the Safe Driver Pledge
- Pinpoint your safety concerns on the map below
- Share your story
- Share the Vision Zero message with your friends. Encourage safe behaviors on the road and discourage unsafe behaviors.
- Write your elected officials in support of Vision Zero
Pinpoint Safety Concerns
Share your Story
What this is, what this is not
Vision Zero is a community awareness campaign to demand a change in the status quo related to traffic safety. It is announcing that as a community, we will not accept traffic fatalities as a part of everyday life. The movement seeks to involve all levels of the community to change the culture around how we behave on the roadways and how we react It is a data-driven approach that requires the support and backing of the community, from residents up to our elected officials.
This movement is not an effort to undermine the major strides we have made in our community to improve traffic safety. Instead this is a campaign that elevates these achievements and celebrates even the smallest of wins.
- Vision Zero workshop #1 presentation – October 25, 2016
- Policy Committee Presentation – June 28, 2016
- What is Vision Zero? (presentation) – Jan 2, 2015
Useful links & info
Vision Zero in Action
Community Assets (organizations already working towards zero deaths)
Cass Street Cycle Track
The City of Tampa’s Cass Street Cycle Track is a barrier-separated cycle track that spans from the Riverwalk to Nebraska Avenue, providing cyclists a safe connection between downtown and Ybor City. It is the City’s first on-street protected bicycle path. As part of the project, East Cass Street and East Tyler Street were converted from one-way streets to two-way streets. To minimize potential vehicle turning conflicts, signals for both drivers and cyclists were installed.
As part of a resurfacing project along Platt Street, the City of Tampa reduced Platt from three to two lanes, narrowed existing vehicles lanes from 12 to 10 feet, dropped the speed limit from 40 to 35 mph, and added 86 additional on-street parking spaces while also incorporating bicycle lanes into the roadway design. The new lanes are separated from passing vehicles by a striped three-foot buffer painted green in some sections to alert motorists of the presence of bicyclists.
The Tampa Riverwalk is a unique 2.6-mile multimodal path that links parks, museums, cultural and convention facilities in downtown along the banks of the Hillsborough River and the shores of Tampa Bay. It begins near Water Works Park and extends all the way to Channelside Drive. It was funded almost entire through an $11-million-dollar TIGER grant.
The 1-mile segment of Palm Avenue from North Boulevard to Nebraska Avenue was converted from four lanes to two lanes with bicycle lanes and a bi-directional left turn lane. Additionally, the project included the installation of a raised pedestrian refuge island between Tampa Street and Florida Avenue with intermittent islands east of Florida Avenue.
Cyclovia, also referred to as Open Streets, is based on the Spanish word for “cycle path.” It is a tradition started in Bogota, Colombia that has now become a phenomenon worldwide including the cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace. Major city streets are temporarily closed to car traffic and converted into safe, car-free environments where families can run, walk, bike, and play together. The first Cyclovia in Tampa occurred in 2014 and has since become a yearly tradition in the Bay area.
Many thanks to our partners
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