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On October 25, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution to approve Minneapolis 2040. The policies in Minneapolis 2040 have an effective date of January 1, 2020.

POLICY 26

Vision Zero: Eliminate fatalities and severe 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 experienced 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 2015. 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 severe injuries that are a result of crashes on City streets by 2027.

  1. Working together with the community, develop a Vision Zero Action Plan, and implement prioritized measures that are identified through a robust planning process.
  2. Include a broad range of approaches involving numerous disciplines including communications, law, engineering, and health when developing the Vision Zero Action Plan.
  3. Pursue changes to state statute to allow reduction of speed limits on Minneapolis streets, and use existing statutory authority to reduce speed limits on streets with bicycle facilities. 
  4. Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.
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