Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe — and now it’s gaining momentum in major American cities.
Mayor Jane Castor announced the City of Tampa’s commitment to Vision Zero in October 2019 at the National Safe Routes to Schools Conference. The City of Tampa is dedicated to achieving vision zero by working together collaboratively across all Departments and with other partners to enhance engineering, enforcement, and education efforts. Mayor Castor's Transportation Advisory Team provided the following recommendations to accelerate the implementation of Vision Zero as part of the Transforming Tampa's Tomorrow (T3) initiative:
- Develop a Citywide Vision Zero Action Plan. In 2020, the City is going to complete a Vision Zero Action Plan which will formalize our goals and objectives for achieving Vision Zero. Key focus areas will include special focus on Vulnerable Road Users (pedestrians, cyclists, etc.), Schools, Speeding and Speed Management, and more.
- Implement Safety Projects on High Priority Corridors:
- Review the current High-Injury Network (priority corridors) - as of April 2020.
- All of the City's transportation projects are focused on improving safety. Learn more about current and past Transportation Capital Projects.
- Deploy Speed Management Strategies to Improve Safety Outcomes:
- Citywide Speed Limit Reduction Program: The City is reviewing speed limits citywide and planning to lower several – the difference between 30 mph and 35 mph could save someone’s life.
- Expand the City's network of Trails, Greenways and Safe Crosswalks to connect them.
- Crosswalks to Classrooms Program: This program uses paint to introduce art and color in pedestrian crosswalks to reinforce that streets are not just for cars- they are places where children walk to get to school. The first project was completed at the Rampello Downtown Partnership School in October 2019, and we are planning to do more painted crosswalks near schools throughout the City in 2020.
- Use Tactical Urbanism and community-focused activities that activate public spaces and create more awareness of vision zero and safety themes.
- Citywide Separated Bike Lane Pilot Program: The City also recently installed flexible posts to help reinforce bicycle spaces and encourage drivers to slow down.
- Proactive enforcement of traffic laws is a critical piece of achieving vision zero. This is why Tampa Police Department is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation to step up enforcement of traffic laws on three of the most dangerous roads in our city – Hillsborough Ave., Busch Blvd., and MLK. Officers will be out issuing warnings and citations to reinforce safe behaviors.