Every year, over 40,000 people are killed and many more are seriously injured on roads in the United States. In Worcester, too many people have lost their lives on our streets. This is simply unacceptable. Starting this year, the City of Worcester is approaching transportation safety in a new way. That approach is called Vision Zero.
Vision Zero is an international street safety movement dedicated to eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways. Vision Zero is based on the belief that:
Vision Zero shifts how we approach transportation safety using the "Safe System" approach. This approach makes safety the highest priority and is driven by the belief that even one fatality on our roads is too many.
Through a Safe Streets for All (SS4A) grant received from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the City is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the existing road network to develop a strategic, effective and actionable safety action plan that provides the tools to achieve Vision Zero.
This Plan is crucial to acting on the City's commitment to the elimination of fatalities and serious injuries from across the transportation system to create safe, equitable and sustainable mobility for all. Ultimately, this plan will help the City identify projects, policies, programs and strategies to make Vision Zero a routine part of City operations across all departments.
Throughout this process, the team will unveil:
The Vision Zero Safety Action Plan process will include data collection, comprehensive analysis and engagement with community members to inform the development of short-term recommendations and a toolbox for the City to continue the Vision Zero strategy long-term.
Road safety is an important issue for everyone and there will be several opportunities to participate throughout the planning process in 2024. Stay tuned to this page for updates!