City Council approves Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan
The City Council has approved the Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan, which outlines key steps for the next three years to advance the City’s goal of ending traffic deaths and injuries on City streets by 2027.
The Vision Zero Action Plan includes 16 strategies and 72 actions to be implemented between 2020 and 2022. Highlights include:
• Reduce speed limits. Slower speeds on our streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how they get around. Minnesota cities recently received authority to control speed limits on City-owned streets and the City is taking appropriate steps to lower speed limits on most City streets.
• Make safety improvements on High Injury Streets. Seventy percent of severe and fatal crashes happen on just 9% of streets in Minneapolis. The City will proactively install traffic safety treatments on City-owned High Injury Streets and partner with Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to make improvements on their High Injury Streets. These treatments will include four-to-three lane safety conversions, pedestrian medians, bump outs, and other street safety best practices.
• Address leading unsafe traffic behaviors. The five traffic behaviors that lead to the most severe and fatal crashes in Minneapolis are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, speeding, red light running and unsafe turning. The City will address these unsafe behaviors head-on through a combination of education, communications, and enforcement actions.
• Seek to implement automated traffic enforcement. Automated traffic enforcement has proven effective at saving lives and it eliminates the need for officer interaction.
The Vision Zero Action Plan is being coordinated with the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan, a 10-year action plan to guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. A draft of the Transportation Action Plan will be released in early 2020.
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. Traffic crashes disproportionately impact people in neighborhoods with lower incomes, Native American residents, and people walking and bicycling. Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable and preventable.
The Vision Zero Action Plan was developed by City staff from multiple departments with significant direction from community stakeholders, partner agencies and the public. The City of Minneapolis officially became a Vision Zero city in September 2017 when the City Council passed a resolution setting a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and injuries within 10 years. Minneapolis is one of more than 35 Vision Zero cities in the United States.
“One preventable traffic death in Minneapolis is one too many,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Our Vision Zero outlines an all-of-the-above strategy to make our streets safer. By committing to safer street design, pedestrian infrastructure, and smart enforcement Minneapolis is showing that we will not be satisfied until preventable traffic tragedies are a thing of the past in our city.”
“Eliminating serious injuries and deaths from traffic crashes in our streets in an achievable goal,” said City Council President Lisa Bender. “The Vision Zero Action Plan gives us a set of tools including lowering speed limits, safety improvements and enforcement of behaviors that lead to crashes that will make our streets safer for everyone.”
“Ensuring the safety of everyone who moves around our city, by all modes, is a primary responsibility of municipal government and the implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan offers comprehensive and innovative strategies to jumpstart our efforts,” said City Council Member Kevin Reich, chair of the Transportation and Public Works Committee.
Published Dec 13, 2019