Vision Zero Action Plan Launched in Houston

In Houston, 60 percent of serious automobile crashes occur on 6 percent of the city's streets. A New Vision Zero Action Plan will focus safety improvements on those streets with a high density of traffic deaths and serious injuries.

December 21, 2020, 7:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Traffic Safety

Houston Planning and Development Department / Houston Vision Zero

The city of Houston this week launched a new Vision Zero Action Plan (VZAP) "to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 and improve street safety and equity for road users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation," according to a press release from the office of Mayor Sylvester Turner.

"More than 200 people die and nearly 1,000 people are seriously injured in crashes on Houston roadways every year," according to the press release.

The launch of the VZAP comes over a year after the city committed to Vision Zero. "After extensive data analysis, community engagement and multiagency collaboration, the City of Houston created the Vision Zero Action Plan."

According to the press release, that analysis included mapping out rates of fatalities and serious injuries in traffic collisions.

The city's Planning and Development Department will spearhead the coalition of city and regional agencies tasked with four key goals to achieve Vision Zero: 1) create a safe, equitable, and accessible network of streets, 2) make walking, rolling, and biking safe, 3) make connecting to transit safe, and 4) make driving safe. 

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