Image Courtesy of Dmitry GudkovDeath and injury on city streets is not acceptable…we will no longer regard serious crashes as inevitable.
-- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
In the winter of 2014, Mayor de Blasio committed to a two-decade goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries on New York City streets. Transportation Alternatives is fighting make sure that the promise of Vision Zero is met.
You Can HelpToday, more New Yorkers are killed in traffic each year than are murdered by guns. To draw attention to this carnage, Transportation Alternatives activists are documenting the crashes that kill 300 and injure 70,000 New Yorkers every year. You can help by following @VisionZeroNYC on Twitter. Raise awareness by retweeting these stories of reckless driving and unsafe streets.
Timeline: How New York City Found Vision Zero1997
Sweden introduces Vision Zero, a road safety policy which aims to create a highway system where no one is killed or seriously injured in traffic by 2020.
Generous Transportation Alternatives supporters help bring Britain’s Rod King to New York City for the first-ever Stop Speeding Summit, where he explains to policy makers how a lower speed limit can eliminate traffic deaths.
Transportation Alternatives publishes Vision Zero: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year, recommending the City of New York adopt a Vision Zero policy, redesigning arterial roads and lowering the speed limit to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero.
After receiving more than 4,500 letters from Transportation Alternatives activists, and personal pleas from crash survivors and victims’ families who would go on to form Families for Safe Streets, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio announces that, if elected, his administration will launch a citywide Vision Zero initiative.
Mayor de Blasio releases the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, a 63-step programmatic approach to Vision Zero, the majority of its recommendations pulled directly from Transportation Alternatives reports, studies and initiatives.