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Vision Zero, By the Numbers

Vision Zero uses data to target improvements that will reduce crashes, save lives, and address inequities experienced on the street related to crashes.

An average of 95 people are killed or severely injured in traffic crashes on streets in Minneapolis each year. The number of people killed or severely injured generally decreased from the mid-2000s until 2014, but has been increasing in recent years.

In Minneapolis, crashes and injuries are concentrated on a small percentage of streets, often ones that have a high demand for walking, biking, transit, and driving. Many crash concentration corridors are on four-lane undivided streets without dedicated turn-lanes. Streets with higher speed limits generally have a larger share of crashes and severe crashes. The map of High Injury Streets shows the 9 percent of streets in Minneapolis that collectively had 70 percent of severe and fatal crashes between 2007 and 2016.

Quick Facts on Traffic Safety in Minneapolis

Native American residents are disproportionately impacted by traffic deaths

Native American residents are 1 percent of Minneapolis population, but are 8 percent of people killed in vehicle crashes and 9 percent of people killed in pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

Black residents are over-represented in fatal vehicle crashes in Minneapolis and underrepresented in pedestrian and bicycle deaths. White and Asian residents are less likely to die in a vehicle crash.

Bicyclists and Pedestrians are Over-Represented in Severe and Fatal Crashes

People in Minneapolis make 18 percent of their trips on foot, but pedestrians are 29 percent of severe traffic injuries and deaths.

People in Minneapolis make 5 percent of their trips by bicycle, but bicyclists are 16 percent of severe traffic injuries and deaths.

Crashes are concentrated in neighborhoods with more people of lower incomes

Speed is a Significant Factor in Crashes

Higher traffic speeds make crashes more likely to happen, and make crashes more likely to result in a severe injury or death, especially for people walking and biking.

National research has found that a person hit by a vehicle at 20mphs has a 13% likelihood of suffering a severe injury or being killed while a person hit at 40mph has a 73% likelihood of suffering a severe injury or being killed.

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While 31% of Minneapolitans live in census tracts in areas of concentrated poverty where over half of residents are people of color (called “ACP50 Census Tracts”), 40% of all crashes occur in these neighborhoods.

Five unsafe behaviors lead to most crashes

The five behaviors that lead to the most severe and fatal crashes on Minneapolis streets are: red light running, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, unsafe turning (failing to yield the right-of-way when turning), and distracted driving.

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Additional Resources

Our full Pedestrian Crash Study and Vision Zero Crash Study, which analyzes vehicle and bicycle crashes, provide additional findings from our analysis of traffic crashes between 2007 and 2016.