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Berkeley Vision Zero Program

Vision Zero is a data-driven strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. It is established on the principle that death and severe injuries are preventable, and that humans will make mistakes, so roadway systems and related policies should be designed to prevent those mistakes from resulting in severe injuries or fatalities. Vision Zero uses engineering strategies to redesign our streets to be safer for everyone, supplemented by traffic enforcement and public awareness efforts.

On March 27, 2018, the Berkeley City Council adopted the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries in Berkeley 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.

Together with the Vision Zero Task Force, the City of Berkeley Department of Public Works has initiated the process of creating a Vision Zero Action Plan. To learn more and provide your input, please consider attending an upcoming meeting for the Vision Zero Action Plan.

Upcoming Meetings for the Vision Zero Action Plan:

November 5, 2019: Berkeley City Council Work Session

November 21, 2019: Berkeley Transportation Commission Meeting

February, 2019 (exact date TBD): Berkeley City Council Meeting 

Berkeley City Council agendas and meeting information can be found here

Berkeley Transportation Commission agendas and meeting information can be found here

Background documents:

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

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

Vision Zero Berkeley City Council Resolution – March 27, 2018

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

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