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POLICY 26

Vision Zero: Eliminate fatalities and serious injuries that are a result of crashes on City streets by 2027.

The City aims to provide safe transportation networks and options for all users. In 2016, the state of Minnesota saw 397 deaths related from motor vehicle crashes, with 60 of those being pedestrians. Hennepin County had 187 traffic fatalities between 2011 and 2015, with 9 pedestrian deaths and 2 bicyclist deaths in in 2015 alone. Minneapolis has experienced 22 traffic fatalities between 2013 and 2015. A holistic approach that explores the needs of all users and prioritizes safe interactions on city streets including safer speeds, design strategies, investment, and policy decisions will provide the building blocks towards creating safe streets for all.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries that are a result of crashes on City streets by 2027.

  1. Develop a Vision Zero Action Plan, using data and community outreach to develop strategies that ensure outcomes are experienced equitably throughout the city.
  2. Outline concrete steps in planning, engineering, policy, education and enforcement to reach interim steps toward zero deaths.
  3. Work with partners in the region who own and manage streets in the city to influence street planning, design, maintenance, operations, and law enforcement.
  4. Establish a Vision Zero Task Force comprised of leaders from City departments to guide the work of the Vision Zero Action Plan and to engage members of the community.
  5. Work with community groups and people most affected by traffic crashes to design a Vision Zero Action Plan that acknowledges and meets their goals around engagement and intended outcomes.
  6. Recognize perceived safety as an element that impacts approach to establishing and implementing policy.
  7. Prioritize safety investments in line with the modal hierarchy established in the Complete Streets Policy - for pedestrians first, bicyclists and transit riders second, and for people driving in vehicles third.
  8. Protect pedestrians and bicyclists through speed limits, design decisions, and design speeds that eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.
  9. Enforcement, design decisions, and operational norms should reflect an acute awareness for protecting all users of the transportation system in Minneapolis.
  10. Minimize widespread economic impacts of traffic crashes and fatalities.
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