On Thursday, January 26 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announce the release of the city’s first Vision Zero Action Plan and Safety Study.
WHAT IS IN THE 2017 ACTION PLAN?
The plan outlines the city’s blueprint to reduce fatalities by 20 percent by the end of 2017 with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025. The Action Plan identifies the highest concentrations of fatal and severe injury collisions on the City’s High-Injury Network. Additional priority was given to fatal or severe injury collisions that have involved older adults and children, as well as collisions that occur in communities with negative health outcomes. This combination of severity, vulnerability, and social equity developed a prioritization methodology that identified 40 priority corridors called out in the Action Plan. Focusing Vision Zero efforts in 2017 on these priority corridors will help achieve the goal of a 20% reduction in traffic deaths by the end of the year. View an interactive, online version of the Action Plan or download a PDF copy.
The Action Plan also highlights a series of projects that work. For example, since the installation of a scramble crosswalk at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland in November 2015, there have been zero deaths and serious injuries because of a collision. Leading pedestrian intervals installed at 22 locations, or “pedestrian head starts,” have been shown to result in a 60% reduction in vehicle collisions with people walking.
The Action Plan is organized around the following key outcomes, to emphasize the importance of working together to achieve Vision Zero goals: Create Safe Streets for All, Develop a Culture of Safety, Adopt New Policies and Legislation to Strengthen Safety and Respond to Relevant Data. Each outcome has a series of strategies and actions, with benchmarks to be measured in 2017, 2020, and 2025. For example, the Department of Transportation is the lead on investing $2 million on an education campaign in 2017, including creative development, on-the-ground community-based outreach, as well as a paid media campaign. The Los Angeles Police Department has also partnered with LADOT to increase a focus on speed enforcement on the Vision Zero High-Injury Network.
These are just a snapshot of the many projects, both infrastructure and non-infrastructure, that will continue to be implemented to eliminate traffic fatalities.
WHAT IS IN THE 2017 SAFETY STUDY?
The Department of Transportation has also published a technical companion, called the Vision Zero Safety Study. The study expands on the data that was used to develop the High-Injury Network. Each traffic fatality has a story and the Safety Study helps to provide the additional information needed to come up with an effective solution.
Supporting documents can be downloaded with the following links: