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To Zero in Ten Years

An average of 95 people suffered life-altering injuries or were killed in traffic crashes each year on streets in Minneapolis from 2007 to 2016. That is unacceptable and preventable.

On September 20, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a Vision Zero resolution committing to the goal of zero traffic deaths and severe injuries on City streets by 2027.

Achieving the goal of safe streets for everyone will require significant effort and resources. We will put equity and engagement at the forefront for our Vision Zero work while utilizing data and best practices. We will report regularly on our progress toward Vision Zero.

Vision Zero is an international movement for safe streets. Minneapolis is one of more than 30 Vision Zero cities in the United States. You can learn about Vision Zero efforts around the country from the Vision Zero Network.

Guiding Principles

These principles will guide the process, actions, performance measures, and implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. These principles relate directly to several goals in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which shapes how the city will grow and change over the next two decades.

 
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Safety and Human Life First

The loss of human life in traffic deaths on our streets is unacceptable. The City is committed to ending death and life-altering injuries on our streets. We will work with urgency to implement Vision Zero as one death on our streets is one too many.

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Equity

We will acknowledge and work to eliminate racial, economic, and other disparities in traffic crashes and in our approach to Vision Zero. We will work to deliver fair and just opportunities and outcomes for all people.

 
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Data-Driven

Vision Zero strategies and actions will be developed from relevant data, recognized best practices, and community experiences and input. We will also work to improve the data we have and recognize its gaps.

 
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Accountability

We will set clear objectives and report on them regularly. We will be transparent and include meaningful and diverse community engagement that helps guide actions. We will actively collaborate with community and agency partners to embrace, develop, and implement Vision Zero. We will adapt our approach as needed in the future.

Incorporating Vision Zero into Minneapolis’ Future

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Vision Zero and Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan shapes how the city will grow and change over the next two decades, providing high-level policy and vision for 11 topics, including transportation. Vision Zero is included as one of the policies in the transportation section. The Vision Zero guiding principles relate directly to a number of goals in Minneapolis 2040, including “Healthy, safe, and connected people” and “Complete neighborhoods.” The detailed action items around Vision Zero will be finalized with the Vision Zero Action Plan and will be consistent with Minneapolis 2040.

 
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Vision Zero and The Transportation Action Plan

The City of Minneapolis is currently updating its ten-year Transportation Action Plan, which guides future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. The Vision Zero Action Plan is being coordinated with the City’s Transportation Action Plan to maximize efficiency and results. Safety is one of the six key goals for the Transportation Action Plan. Learn more about the Transportation Action Plan here.

Vision Zero FAQ

Why Vision Zero?

The City of Minneapolis has long placed a priority on safety and traveling in Minneapolis is far safer than most large cities around the country. For many years Minneapolis streets were getting safer, but in the last several years, rising numbers of vehicle and pedestrian crashes have undermined the progress Minneapolis has made in making streets safer. 2016 and 2017 saw the highest number of people killed or severely injured on Minneapolis streets since 2007.

To address these challenges, the City joined the Vision Zero movement for safe streets. Minneapolis is one of more than 35 Vision Zero cities in the United States. Vision Zero allows us to take a new systemic approach to traffic safety that coordinates efforts across engineering, public safety, health, and community outreach.


How is Vision Zero different?

Too often traffic deaths and severe injuries are seen as inevitable “accidents” or the result of individual mistakes. Vision Zero says that traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable and preventable.

Vision Zero recognizes that humans will make mistakes, but that we need to design safe systems so that individual mistakes do not lead to death or severe injuries.


What will Vision Zero mean for Minneapolis?

Everyone deserves to be safe moving around our city— no matter what neighborhood they are in, how they are getting around, or their age or background.

The Vision Zero Action Plan is a bold step forward towards realizing a future where everyone can move safely, efficiently, and equitably through our streets and neighborhoods. It will require us to change the status quo, but we must address structural inequities and protect human life in our transportation system.


Traffic speed management is a focus area for our Vision Zero work because higher traffic speeds make crashes more likely to happen and make crashes more likely to result in a severe injury or death.

National research has found that a person hit at 20 miles per hour has a 13% likelihood of suffering a severe injury or being killed while a person hit at 40 miles per hour has a 73% likelihood of suffering a severe injury or being killed.

Why does traffic speed matter for safety?

 
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