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Berkeley Vision Zero Program

 

Vision Zero Annual Report (2020-2021) available here, approved April 2021 by the Berkeley City Council
Vision Zero Action Plan available here, approved March 2020 by the Berkeley City Council 

Vision Zero is a data-driven strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. Berkeley Vision Zero is, first and foremost, an engineering strategy that aims to design and build our streets to eliminate all severe and fatal traffic injuries. Click here to view a story map describing the crash analysis and current and future engineering projects. These engineering efforts are supported by public awareness education and traffic enforcement. Equity-driven Vision Zero traffic enforcement utilizes the best possible data and is focused on areas of Berkeley where engineering and education efforts have already been implemented.  

On March 27, 2018, the Berkeley City Council adopted the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries on Berkeley streets by 2028. The Council directed the City Manager to establish a multi-disciplinary Vision Zero Task Force to advise City Council on the development and implementation of a Vision Zero Action Plan. Council directed that the Action Plan address geographic locations and populations which bear a disproportionate burden of fatal and severe crashes; develop assurances against racial profiling and targeting as it pertains to Vision Zero enforcement; and ensure that communities of color, the Berkeley Police Department, and community leadership are included in the decision-making and development of enforcement plans or policies. 

Following the March 2018 City Council meeting, Public Works convened a Vision Zero Task Force and Vision Zero Advisory Committee to directly advise City staff on the development of a Vision Zero Action Plan. The Task Force consisted of government agency representatives from multiple City of Berkeley Departments and partner agencies, including the Berkeley Police Department; Berkeley Fire Department; Department of Public Works; Department of Health, Housing, and Community Services; AC Transit; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Office of the City Manager. The purpose of the Task Force was to provide an agency perspective on the development of the Action Plan. The Advisory Committee consisted of members of the public representing various parts of the Berkeley community, including City of Berkeley Commissions, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Directors, Safe Routes to Schools parents, business associations, accessibility advocates, and pedestrian and bicycle advocates. The purpose of the Advisory Committee was to provide a public perspective on the development of the Action Plan. Representatives from the Mayor’s and Council Members’ offices also participated in both groups. 

The Berkeley Vision Zero Action Plan approved by the Berkeley City Council on March 10, 2020 identified 33 Vision Zero Actions organized around three pillars: 

1. The Vision Zero Program: the administrative and leadership component of Vision Zero, focusing on collaboration; capacity; and transparency and equity. 

2. Safer Streets for Everyone: the engineering and design component of Vision Zero, focusing on project planning and development; project design; and project delivery.  

3. Safer Streets by Everyone: the safer behaviors component of Vision Zero, focusing on public awareness of traffic safety and enforcement of traffic laws. 

The Vision Zero Action Plan identified 11 Near-term Priority Actions. Public Works has made the following progress on the top 3 Near-term Priority Actions: 

Establish a standing Vision Zero Coordinating Committee 

Status: temporarily on hold during COVID-19 

Conduct a citywide Vision Zero Action Plan evaluation of existing staffing and funding capacity 

Status: temporarily on hold during COVID-19 

Proactively build capital-intensive and quick-build safety projects on all Vision Zero High Injury Streets by 2028 

Status of capital-intensive projects: 

MilviaBikeway Project

Southside Complete Streets Project 

Grant applications: 

2020 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program: Maudelle Miller Shirek Community (2001 Ashby) - Bike Boulevard and pedestrian crossings of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Adeline Avenue, and Shattuck Avenue 

2020 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program: Connected Berkeley (Blake Apartments at San Pablo/Blake) - Bike Boulevard and pedestrian crossings of San Pablo Avenue, Dwight Way, and University Avenue

2020 Highway Safety Improvement Program: Protected Left-Turn Signals at Multiple Intersections

Status of quick-build safety projects: 

Quick-build Program under development in 2020 

Grant applications: 

2020 Active Transportation Program: Martin Luther King Jr. Way Vision Zero Phase I Quick-build

2020 Highway Safety Improvement Program: Sacramento Street Pedestrian Crossings

Background documents: 

VisionZero Action Plan Approved by Berkeley City Council – March 10, 2020 

Vision Zero Action Plan Berkeley City Council Staff Report – March 10, 2020

Vision Zero Action Plan Transportation Commission Meeting Agenda and Staff Report – November 21, 2019

Vision Zero Action Plan Berkeley City Council Work Session Presentation – November 5. 2019

Vision Zero Action Plan Berkeley City Council Work Session Staff Report – November 5. 2019

VisionZero Action Plan Berkeley City Council Work Session Staff Report (RevisedMaterial) – November 5. 2019

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Policy Resolution – March 27, 2018

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Staff Report – March 27, 2018

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Staff Report (Revised Materials) – March 27, 2018

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Work Session Presentation – December 7, 2017

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Work Session Staff Report – December 7, 2017

For more information about the Vision Zero Program, please contact Eric Anderson, Senior Transportation Planner, at eanderson@cityofberkeley.info or 510-981-7062

 
 ACTC Logo(1) The Vision Zero Action Plan was funded by Alameda County Measure B Transportation Sales Tax revenue administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
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