Vision Zero Louisville

Each year, there are an average of 6,600 injuries and 76 deaths on Louisville city streets. This loss of human life is unacceptable. Louisville Metro Public Works is committed to achieving zero traffic-related fatalities. Vision Zero is a global strategy designed to change the mindset or zero traffic-related fatalities. We are developing a Vision Zero Action Plan which will serve as our blueprint to achieve zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Louisville streets. We hereby pledge to:

  • Reduce fatal and serious injury crashes
  • Sustain a traffic safety culture
  • Pursue appropriate changes to land use patterns and street designs
  • Use a data-driven approach
  • Evaluate and improve actions
  • Prioritize efforts which build safer streets for all road users.
  • See transportation deaths and serious injuries as preventable

Vision Zero Louisville Data Dashboard

Focusing on System Failure

Solutions are responses to problems. Tired? Drink coffee! Need a break? Go on a walk! Traffic deaths and injuries? In the United States, individual road users—bad drivers, careless bicyclists, distracted pedestrians—have historically been presented as the problem, the cause of collisions. Consequently, solutions have focused on perfecting human behaviors through strategies like licensing, testing, education, training and media campaigns.

But in the Vision Zero framework, the road safety problem isn’t the individual, but rather the flaws in the transportation system—flaws that mean, for example, that cars can move at excessive speeds on city streets and incompatible road users (for instance, bicyclists and drivers) have to share the road.

In redefining the problem, we’re required to develop solutions that will impact the true culprit: an unforgiving street network that doesn’t take into account that people make mistakes. The focus thus shifts from solutions focused on perfecting individual behavior to solutions focused on perfecting a transportation system that failed to protect people who made predictable errors. As the Swedish architects of Vision Zero state: “In every situation a person might fail. The road system should not.” We have to design a system for people, instead of asking people to adjust to an imperfect system.

Click here for more information about how Vision Zero defers from  traditional approaches to traffic safety

Engineering Solutions at Work - Grinstead Avenue

In 2013 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) completed a roadway reconfiguration on Grinstead Ave. The project saw the strip of road reduced from four lanes to a single lane in either direction with a central turn lane and curb buffers. The result was a considerable drop in the number of collisions occurring along the corridor. Roadway reconfigurations are one of many engineering solutions proven to reduce crashes, calm traffic, and save lives. Moving forward, Louisville Metro Public Works Division of Transportation and KYTC are working together to make data driven decisions regarding potential corridors to implement similar traffic calming measures so that all roadway users can arrive safely at their destination.  

Grinstead Ave pre/post reconfiguration
Collision on Grinstead
Complete Streets

Transportation systems have historically disenfranchised large areas of American cities. In 2019 Louisville Metro Government passed a complete streets ordinance which calls on Louisville Metro Public Works and other agencies to prioritizes the creation of streets that keep all road users safe which ultimately increases equity in our city. To learn more about the ordinance check out the entire ordinance here

Close Call Survey

This will provide a place to report incidents to Louisville Metro Public Works where you felt unsafe while walking, biking, or driving on Louisville Metro Roads. Please report any serious incidents to the police by calling 911. Click here to take the survey.



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