Completed 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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Final Report – Guide to Developing a Vision Zero Plan

Project Slide Deck

Research Brief

Vision Zero Plan Library

Summary

The United States crash death rate is more than twice the average of many other high-income countries. Pedestrians and bicyclists are especially vulnerable in road traffic crashes and, as a group in the United States, have experienced increases in traffic-related deaths in the past several years. Based on the promising results from other countries, Vision Zero implementation began in selected municipalities in the United States in 2014 to address the disparity in transportation-related fatalities. Vision Zero sets a goal to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all.

A Vision Zero Plan is a public document that provides the vision for future efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Creating a Vision Zero Plan requires advanced planning, collaboration, and community engagement. It also requires an understanding of the serious crashes and risks in the community. This Guide was developed to assist communities in the creation and updating of their Vision Zero Plans.

Employing the recommendations and resources in this Guide can directly and positively impact the creation of new Vision Zero Plans and assist municipalities as they update existing Vision Zero Plans. It is reasonable to expect that higher quality plans will create more positive impacts on crash fatalities and injuries. The ultimate purpose of this Guide is to reach and sustain the goals of Vision Zero more quickly through the planning process.

Publications, Posters, and Presentations

Publications

  • Evenson KR, Cuthbertson CC, Naumann RB, Schilsky S, Spade C, and LaJeunesse S. US Vision Zero Plans: Opportunity to Support Safer Walking and Bicycling. Med Sci Sport Exercise. 2019, 49(5 supplement), S243.
  • LaJeunesse S, Naumann RB, Spade C, Sandt L, and Evenson KR. Guide to Developing a Vision Zero Plan. 2020.

Posters

  • Evenson KR, Cuthbertson CC, Naumann RB, Schilsky S, Spade C, and LaJeunesse S. US Vision Zero Plans: Opportunity to Support Safer Walking and Bicycling. Oral poster at the American College of Sports Medicine national meeting in Orlando, FL. May 20, 2019.
  • Spade C, Naumann RB, LaJeunesse S, Cuthbertson C, Schlisky S, Evenson K. (2019). A review of US Vision Zero Plans: Understanding plan goals and approaches. Safe Systems Summit. Durham, NC. April 23-25, 2019.

Presentations

  • Evenson KR and Nauman R. Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans. Presentation to the CSCRS group on March 13, 2019.
  • Evenson KR. Moderator for the session “Inspiring and Enabling Collaboration and Engagement”. Safe Systems Summit. Durham, NC. April 24, 2019.
  • Naumann, R., Lich, K.H. Examining Vision Zero planning across the U.S. and exploring systems approaches to facilitate Vision Zero planning and implementation. North Carolina Vision Zero Task Force Quarterly Meeting. Raleigh, NC. May 10, 2019.
  • Naumann, R., Kuhlberg, J. Using systems approaches to inform Vision Zero action. North Carolina Traffic Safety Conference and Expo. Invited pre-conference workshop. Raleigh, NC. August 5, 2019.
  • LaJeunesse S and Evenson KR. Vision Zero in the US: What, where, and how communities are planning for it. UNC Research Week presentation. October 20, 2020.
  • Evenson KR and LaJeunesse S. Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans. National webinar with CSCRS on December 8, 2020.

 

Project Details

Project Type: Research
Project Status: Complete
Start Date: 5-1-2018
End Date: 11-15-2020
Contract Year: Year 2
Total Funding from CSCRS: $183,484
Collaborating Organizations: Florida Atlantic University; University of California, Berkeley