Denver’s streets are not as safe as they should be. Since the beginning of 2016, 102 people have died while walking, bicycling, taking transit, riding a motorcycle or driving in the city. These are numbers that have only increased over the past several years and, in large part, it is our seniors, children and underserved communities that are being victimized.
This loss of life is a tragedy, and we must do better. Ensuring the public’s safety is the highest responsibility of a mayor, which is why last year, I committed to Vision Zero.
Our goal: Zero traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
We need to make Denver’s streets safe for everyone — no matter where they live in the city, no matter their means and no matter their choice to walk, bike, drive or take transit.
Traffic deaths and severe injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and safety must be the most important consideration for every Denver street.
The Denver Vision Zero Action Plan is a five-year plan to set us on a clear path to achieve zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The plan represents significant collaboration among city agencies, state partners, community partners and Denver residents. These actions are a key component of my new Mobility Action Plan, which will accelerate the projects, policies and programs to move more people, more efficiently and more safely. Through better processes and collaboration, improved street design, safe speeds, a culture of safety, and improved data and transparency, we will save lives.
The city cannot achieve this ambitious goal alone. This Vision Zero Action Plan unites all of us around a common goal. I look forward to working together to make Denver an even stronger — and above all, safer — city.
Vision Zero is a transportation safety philosophy that was developed in Sweden in the late 1990s to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in the transportation system. Sweden has reduced traffic fatalities by half, making it one of the safest places in the world.
Vision Zero recognizes that humans make mistakes, and therefore the transportation system should be designed to minimize the consequences of those errors. The city began laying the groundwork for its Vision Zero initiative in 2015, and during his 2017 State of the City address, Mayor Hancock announced the city’s commitment to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on Denver’s roadways by 2030. The Action Plan is a five-year approach that sets the City and its partners on a clear path to achieving this goal.
Denver developed the plan in coordination with dozens of city agencies and partners, including the Denver Vision Zero Coalition, Colorado DOT, Denver Health & Hospital Authority, DRCOG, RTD, Denver Public Schools, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, AAA Colorado and the Mayor’s pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees.