The Vision Zero Initiative

The Vision Zero Initiative

Objective: By the year 2024, Washington, DC will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.

Vision Zero is a part of Mayor Bowser’s response to the US Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, which aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety by showcasing effective local actions, empowering local leaders to take action, and promoting partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Vision Zero requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. More than 20 District government agencies are engaged in the Vision Zero Initiative, including DDOT, Department of Public Works, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Metropolitan Police Department, DC Taxi Cab Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the DC Office on Aging, DC Public Schools, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Management, Office of Unified Communications, Department of Health, the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Disability Rights, Office of Planning, Office of the City Administrator, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Deputy Mayor for Education, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

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Engineering and Infrastructure

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenue, SE

Careful data analysis will identify specific locations that require new interventions and safety strategies. The intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, and Malcolm X Avenue, SE, is one example. DDOT has planned a $5 million investment for safety improvements at the intersection.

Enforcement and Education

Greater enforcement and education will protect our most vulnerable travelers. Infrastructure alone will not reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero.


Vision Zero strategies will be informed by a systematic data and information-driven process that identifies and prioritizes interventions with the greatest potential to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.

Planning Timeline

Month Activity Key Outcomes
March​ 3/6/15 Public launch of Vision Zero Initiative

Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Identify existing plans, processes, actions & deficiencies
• Identify best practices

• Baseline data collection and existing conditions
April Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Review data analysis and reporting
• Plan for major stakeholder engagement
• Launch interactive engagement tool and plan public workshops
May Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Review stakeholder engagement and initial action items
• Major public engagement
June Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Review public/stakeholder engagement
• Draft action list and priorities
• Draft actions and priorities
July Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Draft Action Plan and agency commitments
• Draft Action Plan
August Interagency Meeting Agenda:
• Final Action Plan and public engagement
• Final Action Plan
• Agency work plans
• Public/stakeholder engagement on Action Plan
September Release of Completed Action Plan

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