Safe Streets for All – What Does it Take?


Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe — and now it’s gaining momentum in major American cities…including in the City of Houston! Each year, more than 40,000 people are needlessly killed on American streets and thousands more are injured, with low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately affected. Vision Zero starts with the ethical belief that everyone has the right to move safely in their communities, and that system designers and policy makers share the responsibility to ensure safe systems for travel.

Join the APA Texas Houston-Galveston section to learn more about Vision Zero, the City of Houston’s action plan to move from over 200 fatalities and over 1,000 serious injuries per year on Houston’s roadways today to zero fatalities by 2030, and the ways all planners can integrate data, equity, engagement, planning, and policy implementation to create a safe transportation network for everyone.

After the presentation and panel, we invite you for a virtual happy hour to mix and mingle (virtually, of course) with the panelists and participants in small groups to connect with other professionals and discuss perspectives on Vision Zero. 


Learning Objectives 

  1. Learn about the City’s planning efforts and leadership’s commitment to reduce traffic fatalities and how design and policy changes will affect local  transportation planning.
  2. Engage with a panel of local transportation experts to discuss how equitable approaches can strengthen transportation safety and mobility for all road users, while working towards overcoming historic inequitable support in some neighborhoods.
  3. Learn how Vision Zero will affect ongoing transportation initiatives, including approaches to coordinate different programs and funding sources to support Vision Zero efforts.

Register for the Zoom webinar here: