First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero consists of a growing network of Vision Zero Cities which share a commitment to increase transportation safety, prioritizing equity and community engagement. Nationwide, the collaborative campaign addresses the crisis of 40,000 traffic deaths and millions of injuries a year.
Vision Zero is a significant departure from the status quo in two major ways:
- Vision Zero recognizes that people will sometimes make mistakes, so the road systems and related policies should be designed to ensure those inevitable mistakes do not result in severe injuries or fatalities;
- Vision Zero is a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together diverse and necessary stakeholders to address this complex problem.