Vision Zero

Vision Zero is Santa Monica’s initiative to reduce severe traffic injuries and deaths on city streets by 2026.

Santa Monica is a multimodal community that has a long-standing commitment to ensure and enhance roadway safety for all users. More than half of us walk and bike daily, and a third of our students walk to school. For decades, the City has invested in expanding mobility choices by designing streets with increased and targeted safety enhancements that serve users of all ages and abilities. And still, fatal and severe injury (FSI) crashes happen on our streets. 

On February 23, 2016, the City adopted Vision Zero, aiming to bring the number of fatal and severe injury crashes on our streets down to zero by 2026, and establishing an initiative to focus on three primary efforts:

  1. Infrastructure Improvements: Redesign streets to increase safety, encourage multimodal mobility, and reduce conflict points that lead to traffic deaths and serious injuries.
  2. Data: Use data to prioritize our limited resources on the locations in the City where these types of incidents are more common.
  3. Community Engagement: Promote campaigns and events that bring communities together to learn about Vision Zero, safe driving behavior, and interventions that increase safety on our streets.

The City’s Vision Zero commitment is part of a global initiative to promote safety and awareness of all users who share our roadways and will continue to be a resource for the community to learn about safety related initiatives and infrastructure projects. 

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