Vision Zero Action Plan

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The Vision Zero Action Plan will set Minneapolis’ path forward to eliminate severe injuries and deaths on our streets. It will identify next steps and align our efforts for today, tomorrow, and the future.

The Vision Zero Action Plan is being coordinated with the City’s 10-year Transportation Action Plan, which guides future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. Both Action Plans provide implementation details for the vision set forth in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

We are gathering feedback to inform the draft Vision Zero Action Plan. We anticipate releasing the draft plan in fall 2019.

Action Plan Project Timeline

Gather and Analyze

2017 - 2018

This plan will be built on data. The City completed crash studies to understand trends to inform our Vision Zero work. We also asked people for their best idea for making our streets safer and received more than 500 responses.


Listen

Join the conversation (early 2019)

We’ll share information and ideas and ask for your input as we create a Vision Zero Action Plan that works for Minneapolis. We’ll have multiple ways to engage in this work – more information on those opportunities is available on our Get Involved page.


Create

Bringing it all together (mid-late 2019)

We’ll draft the Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan and ask for your review. We’ll work to incorporate your ideas, feedback, and questions. Together with your support, we aim to create an action plan that will allow us to achieve safe streets for everyone.


Adopting the plan (late 2019 – early 2020)

After we receive comments and feedback on our draft plan, we’ll amend the draft and present the plan to City Council for approval. From there, we’ll start to work on the actions outlined in the plan!

Finalize

 

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 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 in 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.

Action Plan Focus Areas

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We are exploring several key areas as part of the Vision Zero Action Plan process. We will not necessarily have strategies and actions in each of these areas—that will depend on analysis and input we receive through the process. All actions will be guided by the guiding principles for Vision Zero.

  • Street design and infrastructure

  • Traffic speed management

  • Traffic safety education

  • Vision Zero communications and engagement

  • Using and improving relevant data

  • Traffic safety enforcement

Other important topics for Vision Zero are also being explored as part of the City’s updated Transportation Action Plan, including:

  • Transportation options that reduce the need to drive

  • Automated vehicles and other advancing technologies