Vision Zero is a priority initiative of the Mayor and Council as part of their goal of creating safe and livable neighborhoods. Rockville would join Montgomery County, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and others in adopting such a plan.
First introduced in Sweden in 1997 as a countrywide response to increasing traffic fatalities and serious injuries, the initiative makes the safety and health of humans the top priority in road network design.
The Mayor and Council resolution “endorses Vision Zero as a comprehensive and holistic approach” to achieving the goal. It calls for guidelines that “identify a combination of equitable engineering, enforcement, education and evaluation, along with associated funding needed for the city to reach the goal toward zero deaths and serious injuries by 2030.”
Rockville’s ongoing commitment to safer city streets for all includes engineering, enforcement and education efforts. City staff presented a pedestrian safety update from city staff at the Dec. 16 Mayor and Council meeting.
In April, the Mayor and Council plan to review and approve Vision Zero, an action plan to create safer streets through improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. The public is invited to provide comments during the community forum at the meeting.