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Vision Zero: No More Traffic Deaths


Vision Zero

Denver’s commitment to Vision Zero starts with the idea that safety is our top priority, and with the knowledge that we can eliminate fatal crashes. We have the power to achieve this goal, but we need a shared vision and collaboration. Vision Zero incorporates the City’s transportation and mobility vision into specific objectives and strategies related to education, enforcement and improvements to our transportation system. This effort is about setting a higher standard that regardless of age, income level, background and mode, we should be able to reach our destinations safely and reliably. 

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A Message from Mayor Michael Hancock

Dear Friends,

Ensuring the public’s safety is the highest responsibility of any Mayor. All Denver residents and visitors deserve to feel and be safe on our streets whether they are traveling as a pedestrian, by bus or train, on a bike, or by car. Together, we must strive to eliminate the tragedy of traffic deaths and injuries on our streets.

At the core of the worldwide Vision Zero movement is the belief that deaths and injuries on city streets are unacceptable and preventable. Cities across the globe have set similar goals and are seeing positive affects of the program with reductions in crashes, deaths and injuries. In Denver, we aim to do the same.

More people are using our streets in more and different ways every day. Through street design, targeted enforcement and education we will make our streets safer for people of all ages and abilities, particularly pedestrians and people on bikes, as they are the most vulnerable.

I look forward to the implementation of Vision Zero in Denver. We live in a beautiful city and we all deserve to travel safely. Every one of us can play a part in making Denver a zero-traffic fatality city. Together, we will achieve this vision for our Mile High City.


Michael B. Hancock


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What Vision Zero Means for Denver

We do not have to accept fatal crashes on our streets. Last year in the City of Denver, 57 people were killed in traffic deaths. Everyone has the right to safely travel on our streets no matter where they go and what mode of transportation they utilize. Vision Zero is a citywide effort, and we all have a role in making the streets of Denver safer for each other.

What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a proven, data-driven approach to reducing transportation-related injuries and saving lives. Vision Zero is a goal of working toward the only acceptable number of traffic deaths and serious injuries: zero. It originated in Sweden in 1997 and has since been adopted in countries across the globe. More recently, cities including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and San Diego, have adopted Vision Zero policies.

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Envisioning Safer Streets

  • Traffic deaths and injuries are a preventable, public health issue. Any death is too many.
  • People will make mistakes; the transportation system should be designed so those mistakes aren’t fatal.
  • Safety is the primary consideration in transportation decision-making.
  • Traffic safety solutions must be addressed through comprehensive solutions, including:
    • Engineering and street design
    • Education and culture change
    • Enforcement
    • Evaluation
    • Policy

Vision Zero Planning Efforts

Currently, several Denver city agencies and partner organizations are working to develop a Vision Zero action plan that integrates community input with strategic planning efforts. Our working groups will focus on data, engineering, enforcement, and education to reduce the number of fatal crashes that take place each year in Denver.

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Bicycle Crash Analysis

Understanding and reducing bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.

Bike Safety Action Plan

Read our plan to improve safety for bicyclists and all street and trail users.

Crash Data Dashboard

Data from Denver traffic crashes, January 2012 — December 2015