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The Vision Zero Initiative

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Objective: By the year 2024, Washington, DC will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.

Vision Zero is a part of Mayor Bowser’s response to the US Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, which aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety by showcasing effective local actions, empowering local leaders to take action, and promoting partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Vision Zero requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. More than 20 District government agencies are engaged in the Vision Zero Initiative, including DDOT, Department of Public Works, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Metropolitan Police Department, DC Taxi Cab Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the DC Office on Aging, DC Public Schools, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Management, Office of Unified Communications, Department of Health, the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Disability Rights, Office of Planning, Office of the City Administrator, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Deputy Mayor for Education, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Recent Reports

Contact the Vision Zero team at [email protected].

"High Crash" Intersections

In 2015, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh coordinated site visits to five “high crash” intersections with DDOT during an 8-day period from August 27 to September 5, 2015. The site visits engaged members of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and other business groups, members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Councils (BAC and PAC), the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), All Walks DC and other concerned stakeholders.

The following reports came out from the site visits: 

Public comments may be submitted to [email protected].

Vision Zero Webpage


Engineering and Infrastructure

MLK & Malcolm X, SE

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenue, SE

Careful data analysis will identify specific locations that require new interventions and safety strategies. The intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, and Malcolm X Avenue, SE, is one example. DDOT has planned a $5 million investment for safety improvements at the intersection. 

Enforcement and Education

U-Turns, Pennsylvania Avenue

Greater enforcement and education will protect our most vulnerable travelers. Infrastructure alone will not reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero.  


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Vision Zero strategies will be informed by a systematic data and information-driven process that identifies and prioritizes interventions with the greatest potential to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.

Vision Zero Community Awareness Events

In the summer of 2015, the Vision Zero team visited various locations around the District of Columbia to share the Vision Zero mission and to garner input from the public about locations seen as critical.
The events were held in the locations here and all residents and visitors were invited. 

Vision Zero Safety Map

Click the link to go to the Vision Zero Safety Map. By clicking or tapping on a location on the map, you can report a transportation hazard. 
Use this map to identify any and all locations at which you have noticed hazardous conditions or behavior.


Planning Timeline

Vision Zero Action Plan

Executive Summary

Month / Week Activity Key Outcomes
February Vision Zero Launch Launch of initiative at MLK & Malcolm X
July/August Vision Zero Awareness Events 10 meetings across the District with over 2,500 participants
Dec. 8 Committee on Transportation and Environment Public Hearing – Vision Zero, Bike/Ped Safety, etc. Council to review Mayor’s proposed legislation
Dec 11 Proposed Rulemaking Published Increased fines for endangering vulnerable users, Safe Zones, Quick Clearance / Move Over
Dec. 16 Public Release of Action Plan and Press Event Implementation of action plan strategies formally begins
Additional resources and data published online
Announcement of FY16 Vision Zero grant awards $500K awarded to 5 District Agencies  
January Vision Zero Hackathon Release of new open data
Substantial public engagement in safety analysis




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Vision Zero in the News

News articles on Vision Zero