Vision Zero: City of Sacramento

Project Background

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, based on the principle that no number of fatalities should be acceptable. This approach originated in Sweden and has since been adopted by cities across the world.

Vision Zero uses a combination of strategies including street design, education, and enforcement to reduce opportunities for conflict across modes and improve traffic safety behaviors. WALKSacramento has been involved in Vision Zero discussions at the national, state, and local levels since 2014 in order to better understand how to apply best practices locally.

In 2016, WALKSacramento was invited to participate in the City of Sacramento’s Vision Zero Task Force. The Task Force helped guide the City’s Vision Zero policy efforts, leading to the City Council’s adoption of a Vision Zero Resolution in January 2017 and the subsequent development of a Vision Zero Action Plan.

As part of the City’s Vision Zero strategy, WALKSacramento supported a citywide educational campaign conducted in 2018 to raise awareness of Vision Zero, provide traffic safety education, and encourage residents to lead by example. 


Project Role

Advocate, Consultant

Project Partners

City of Sacramento, South Sacramento BHC, Alta Planning

Project Timeline

2014: WALKSacramento attended first ever Vision Zero National Symposium in New York

2015: WALKSacramento facilitated a community meeting in partnership with the South Sacramento BHC to identify goals and strategies for a Vision Zero Action Plan

2016-2017: WALKSacramento participated on the City of Sacramento’s Vision Zero Task Force 2018: WALKSacramento was brought on as a subconsultant to the City of Sacramento and Alta Planning to deliver community outreach for the Vision Zero safety education campaign