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What is Vision Zero?

Each and every life that has been lost as a result of a traffic accident is avoidable, and today, we are taking an important step forward by adopting a ‘Vision Zero’ initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities on our city’s roadways, for good.
— Mayor Steven M. Fulop
 

Today in Jersey City, there are an average of 300 crashes and 9 traffic fatalities each year. In response to these numbers, and a recent spike in traffic injuries and fatalities, Mayor Steven M. Fulop signed an executive order adopting “Vision Zero.” The order creates a task force of transportation officials, public safety officers, and members of the public, who will develop a Vision Zero Action Plan aimed at eliminating traffic-related death and serious injuries on Jersey City streets by 2026.

Vision Zero is an approach to transportation that makes protecting human life on roadways the highest priority. From its earliest origins in Sweden, the Vision Zero movement has been dedicated to the idea that crashes are not accidents – they can be prevented through better roadway design and safer behaviors among all road users.

In Jersey City, Vision Zero will focus on community outreach, and will seek out residents, neighborhood leaders, and community groups across the city for their input and expertise on traffic safety in their own communities. There is no single solution to solve traffic safety in Jersey City, and the Vision Zero Task Force is committed to seeking solutions from a diverse group of people representing all walks of life in our community.

The resulting Vision Zero Action plan will serve as a blueprint for reaching our traffic safety goals, and ensuring that safe, comfortable transportation on Jersey City streets is a right for everyone who moves to and through our community.