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Fort Worth working toward a Vision Zero policy to improve traffic safety

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

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The City Council voted to adopt a Vision Zero resolution supporting the creation of a Vision Zero policy and action plan.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries through policies and regulations that prioritize safe, multi-model streets. The basic principles of a Vision Zero policy state that there is no acceptable level of fatality or injury on our streets; traffic deaths are not accidents — they are preventable crashes; and the public should expect safe behavior on city streets.

Vision Zero is important for the City of Fort Worth because since 2016, the Federal Highway Administration has designated Fort Worth as a focus city because of a high rate of pedestrian fatalities.

A Vision Zero action plan is being developed to establish goals and objectives, analyze data, gather input from stakeholders, identify safety improvements, and evaluate and implement programs.

In the interim, city staff has taken advantage of several opportunities to integrate the Vision Zero strategy into current and future projects, including capital projects, the Active Transportation Plan and leveraging opportunities with partner agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

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