Vision Zero Louisville


Why 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. Vision Zero Safety Program is a global strategy which emphasizes a shared responsibility between road users and transportation infrastructures in achieving zero traffic-related fatalities. 

To date, among the 30 largest cities in the country (U.S. Census, 2019), more than 50 percent (16 out of 30) have become one of the Vision Zero focus cities (Vision Zero Network).

Louisville Metro Public Works, ranked the as 29th largest city, now joins its peer agencies to working towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets.

    Find the list of Vision Zero focus cities among the largest 30 cities here (U.S. Census, 2019).


    Goals & Objectives

    Louisville Metro Public Works believes traffic crashes as preventable tragedies.

    Striving towards reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries, we are here pledge to: 

    • Adopt a data driven decision making approach
    • Build strong partnerships with local agencies, institutions, and the general public
    • Ensure a safe and equitable mobility service
    Data-Driven
    Partnership
    Safety&Equity

    Safety Countermeasures

    We proactively advocate the potential strategies to address traffic safety concerns in Louisville from the the following four aspects:

     

    • Educate and engage elected officials, stakeholders, and the public
    • Work with Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) on crash reports and data sharing
    • Collaborate with the University of Louisville, Hospital, on addressing equity issues experienced by pedestrians, and potentially other types of road users in the future
    • Identify priority areas and safety countermeasures to implement transportation projects 

     

    Safety Countermeasures

     


      About Vision Zero

      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.

      Vision Zero in the US

      In the US, led by a number of largest cities and Vision Zero Network, there has been 49 jurisdictions that have proactively adopted the Vision Zero safety policy by 2020 as shown in the following map. Find the list of Vision Zero focus cities here

      Vision Zero Community Map

      Data Source: Vision Zero Network

      Vision Zero Community Map by Nov 2020

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      • 444 South 5th Street, 4th Floor
        Louisville, KY 40202
        United States

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