Learning More About Vision Zero Programs

January 22, 2015

Vision Zero Programs Around the World Aim to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

Vision Zero is a safety program that aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero. The program, which went into effect in Sweden in 1997, quickly started spreading to other countries and major cities around the world, including:

  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • New York
  • Boston
  • San Francisco


Multiple governments and organizations have increased efforts and produced long-term plans for reducing traffic deaths and injuries, and Vision Zero programs are currently at work right here in Chicago at the state and city levels.

Implementation of “Vision Zero” Values in Chicago

The basic idea of Vision Zero is that all traffic accidents are preventable if governments take responsibility for researching, assessing, educating, and acting out plans that make transportation of all kinds safer for residents. As a result, cities are urged to look at all the factors that contribute to traffic safety and make practical plans for funding and implementing changes. Here are two local efforts to make zero deaths a reality:

  • The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) joined the Vision Zero movement in 2012. As a part of its commitment to eliminate traffic deaths by 2022, CDOT released a detailed action plan that included everything from better pedestrian signals to revitalizing medians. Research and planning has already begun, and residents have started to see parts of the plan implemented across the city.
  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) also committed to creating safer transportation in the state with its “Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality” program. It focuses on increased enforcement efforts, better communication with the public, and educational programs for motorists.


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