What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is about saving lives on Alexandria's streets.
Vision Zero is a multidisciplinary, multi-national traffic safety concept that aims to achieve a transportation system with no deaths and serious injuries. It began in Sweden in 1997 and has since been adopted by other countries and cities around the world. The Vision Zero concept proposes that adopting communities recognize that traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable through proper engineering, enforcement, evaluation and education. Thus, when communities adopt Vision Zero programs they are, in effect, rethinking traffic safety and setting programs and aggressive timelines to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.
Vision Zero initiatives have been adopted by over 40 communities in the United States, including the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland. Vision Zero programs differ among communities in scale and approach but they all share some common elements including aggressive timelines to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries and the use of data-driven approaches to set strategic and measurable goals.
In April 2016, the City adopted an amendment to the Transportation Master Plan (Pedestrian and Bicycle Chapter) that includes a strategy to evaluate traffic deaths and develop a Vision Zero program that outlines an action plan framework and necessary resources. The goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in Alexandria also aligns with the City's Strategic Goal of protecting the safety, health and security of its residents, businesses, employees and visitors. On January 24, 2017, the City of Alexandria adopted the Vision Zero resolution endorsing the concept and instructing the City Manager to develop an action plan for future consideration by Council. On December 16, 2017, City Council adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan.
Take the Pledge
Safer streets for Alexandria starts with you. Take the pledge to become a safer driver, bicyclist and pedestrian and help us achieve Vision Zero.
Become a Coalition Partner
Safer streets will take the work of the whole community. Become a Coalition Partner and help us achieve Vision Zero. The City will work with partners to advance strategies, distribute information and provide periodic updates on the progress toward our goal of Zero.
Citywide Crash Analysis Report Now Available
The City recently completed an updated citywide crash analysis to identify the latest crash trends in Alexandria. The report materials are provided below:
Citywide Crash Analysis Memo
Attachment 1: 10-Year Crash Trends
Attachment 2: 5-Year Analysis Findings
2021 Annual Report Now Available
Fiscal Year 2023 Work Plan Now Available
International Association of Chiefs of Police Celebrates Safety Partnership in Alexandria
Learn more about how the City's Department of Transportation & Environmental Services partners with the Alexandria Police Department and other stakeholders to improve roadway safety for all users.
Speed Limit Reduction on Seminary Road
In December 2021, the City reduced the speed limit on Seminary Road between I-395 and the City Limit from 35 mph to 25 mph. This follows a unanimous recommendation by the City's Traffic & Parking Board in October to reduce the posted speed limit in response to repeated fatal and severe crashes on this section of the corridor. The likelihood of a person being killed or seriously injured when struck at 35 miles per hour is significantly higher than if that person is struck at 25 miles per hour. Slower speeds can save lives and support the City's Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatal and serious injury crashes.
2021 Vision Zero Priorities
Year 4 (2021) Vision Zero Priorities. Staff is currently working on implementing engineering priorities for 2021. A progress report will be available in early 2022.
2020 Annual Report
2020 was the third year of Alexandria's Vision Zero initiative. Learn more in our Year 3 (2020) Progress Report.
Traffic Signal Viewer Available
T&ES staff is working on a mapping effort to document all signals and signs in the City to help staff and residents. See more at our Traffic Signal Viewer.
New Traffic Safety Laws for Virginia, 2020
- Drivers to STOP for People Crossing: Drivers must stop and remained stopped for a people crossing at any marked and unmarked crosswalk until the person has passed the lane where the driver has stopped. More information: Virginia Code § 46.2-924
- Vulnerable User Law: Any driver that causes serious injury to or death of a vulnerable street user due to carelessness or distraction can be charged as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Drivers are no longer allowed to use a bicycle lane to pass another driver or bypass traffic. Vulnerable users are people in wheelchairs, walking, biking, skating, riding horses or other animals, and those in animal-drawn vehicles, as well as those using electric scooters, electric bikes, and electric boards. More information: Virginia Code § 46.2-841
- Amendments to Passing Rules: Drivers are now allowed change lanes to pass any bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle proceeding in the same direction if they are not able to give 3 ft minimum of safe passing distance. Anyone riding a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle may now legally ride no more than two abreast. More information: Virginia Code § 46.2-839 and § 46.2-905
Vision Zero Action Plan
The City released final versions of the Vision Zero Action Plan and the Alexandria Police Department's Traffic Safety Plan in December 2017. The City received nearly 200 comments on the plan and 86% of people who viewed the plan supported it. The development of this plan highlights the City's commitment to providing safe streets for all users and reducing fatalities and severe injuries on the roadways. The Action Plan outlines how the City will achieve Vision Zero by 2028. The final plan was adopted by City Council on December 16.
Priority Action Items: The Final Vision Zero Action Plan highlights a number of Priority Action Items
Vision Zero Work Plan: The Vision Zero Work Plan provides a detailed outline of plan implementation milestones . The Work Plan was created to help inform the annual progress reports and provide a framework for implementation and measures of success.
Vision Zero Progress Reports:
Community Engagement Process
More than 1,000 residents, visitors, employees, and business owners were engaged in the Vision Zero Action Plan process. Learn more about how public input informed, and continues to inform both the plan and its implementation.
Vision Zero Background
To learn more about traffic safety, the history of Vision Zero, and to review Vision Zero Action Plans from other jurisdictions, please review the resources below:
- Vision Zero Network
- Vision Zero Network - Moving From Vision to Action: What Will it Take to Reach Vision Zero?
- Vision Zero Initiative - Swedish Vision Zero Website
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association - Vision Zero
- Dangerous by Design - Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition
- Achieving Multimodal Networks Applying Design Flexibility & Reducing Conflicts - Federal Highway Administration
- Safety Study: Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles - National Transportation Safety Board
Vision Zero Crash Dashboard
Alexandria's Vision Zero Crash Dashboard is a way for the community to view the City's crash data and track progress toward zero. The dashboard includes an interactive map that can be used to sort crashes by type, year and outcome.