The deaths and injuries of people in traffic are not accidents. With more effective public policy, these deaths and injuries are preventable. New York City must adopt a vision for our streets where no one is killed or seriously injured in traffic. This is achievable by encouraging slower speeds through better road design, lowering the speed limit in residential areas, using enforcement resources strategically, expanding automated enforcement programs and coordinating among governmental agencies more effectively.
We, the undersigned, ask that the City of New York develop a comprehensive plan to reduce citywide traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero.
The Vision Zero NYC Declaration
Every person who travels in or through New York City, every driver, pedestrian, bicyclist in New York City has the right to:
Use the city streets without threat to their lives or health
Freely enjoy city streets, which make up 80 percent of the city’s public space
Live in and travel through areas tailored to the needs of people over the needs of the motor vehicles
Have access to timely information about the safety of all parts of our traffic system
Expect systematic and responsive improvements in safety over time