Vision Zero started in Sweden as a response to traffic deaths and injuries and has since spread to cities throughout the United States. Vision Zero holds that traffic deaths and injuries are not unavoidable accidents, but instead a preventable public health problem.
Vision Zero is an ongoing effort to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s streets by 2025. Austin’s City Council adopted Vision Zero as a policy within the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in October 2015 and adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan in May 2016, setting the citywide direction to collaboratively improve safety for all road users. This effort involves numerous City departments, as well as state and federal agencies, and community groups.
The Vision Zero Program is housed within the Active Transportation Division of the Austin Transportation Department. The program works with City departments and partners in other agencies and the community to ensure implementation of the Action Plan.
The Vision Zero Task Force is made up of City departments, state and federal agencies, and community groups. This group came together to create the Vision Zero Action Plan and continues to meet to guide its implementation.