2018 Research Project

Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans

Principal Investigator
Kelly Evenson
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Seth LaJeunesse
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Steve Marshall
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Becky Naumann

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Vision Zero Plan Library

Summary

One important policy tool that municipalities, counties, or other entities can use is the development, adoption, and implementation of a Vision Zero plan. A Vision Zero plan is a public document that provides the vision for future efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Vision Zero planning could be enhanced through guidance on developing a high-quality plan.

This project seeks to accomplish the following aims:

Aim 1: Develop a guidance document on high quality Vision Zero plan components with expert input. Identifying features of good plans is important because new plans and plan updates can benefit from this information by making adjustments and including these components. High quality plans are hypothesized to be more likely to positively influence desired outcomes.

Aim 2: Complete an inventory of existing Vision Zero plans.

Aim 3: Compare the elements abstracted from Vision Zero plans to the high-quality elements identified by our group of experts.

Aim 4: Make recommendations and disseminate our findings to existing Vision Zero plan holders. We will identify elements of high quality and highlight those for other municipalities to use as examples when developing their own plan. Additionally, we will make recommendations and disseminate our findings to existing plan holders that can be implemented as they update their plans.

Aim 5: Develop a toolkit to assist future plan makers that will include examples of high quality elements from Vison Zero plans across the US.

In summary, the products developed from this project can directly positively impact the creation of new Vision Zero plans and assist municipalities as they update current Vision Zero plans. It is reasonable to expect that higher quality plans will create more positive impacts on crash fatalities and injuries.

 

Project Details

Project Type: Research
Project Status: Active
Start Date: 5-1-2018
End Date: 9-30-2019
Contract Year: Year 2
Total Funding from CSCRS: $183,484
Collaborating Organizations: Florida Atlantic University; University of California, Berkeley