Oct 06, 2017
Action Plan Aims to Eliminate Traffic Deaths by 2030
DENVER – The City and County of Denver today launched the Vision Zero Action Plan, aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries through a specific set of tactical actions and increased cross-departmental coordination.
The city began laying the groundwork for its Vision Zero initiative in 2015, and during his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Michael B. Hancock set a goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on Denver’s roadways by 2030.
“The loss of life in traffic accidents is a tragedy, but even more tragic is that every single one of those deaths is preventable,” Mayor Hancock said. “We’re aiming for zero traffic related deaths by 2030 because, frankly, no other goal is acceptable. Through this action plan, we will focus on protecting our transportation system’s most vulnerable users and call upon our partners and the public for their support in eliminating traffic deaths.”
To develop the plan, Denver worked in coordination with the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, a group formed in 2016 by organizations including WalkDenver, BikeDenver, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation and the Mayor’s pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees.
“In 2016, 61 people died in crashes on Denver’s streets,” said Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation and Mobility for Denver Public Works. “That is 61 too many. The Vision Zero Action Plan is a major step forward in prioritizing human lives on our city’s streets.”
The Vision Zero Action Plan lays out 70 specific actions to save lives and create safer streets over the next five years. Vision Zero best practices include design elements like multimodal street standards, leading pedestrian intervals, slow zones, and median refuges.
Recognizing the need to promote a culture of safety, The Denver Police Department will emphasize its focus on enforcement and education.
“The Denver Police Department stands with our Vision Zero partners in eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in Denver,” said Denver Police Chief Robert White. “Denver residents and visitors deserve safe streets, and we are strongly committed to reducing these numbers.”
For additional information and to learn how to get involved, visit Denver’s Vision Zero website.