Vision Zero programs are not an effective way to reduce traffic fatalities in U.S. cities

In Politics by Michael Rae

Due to an increase in traffic fatalities in 2021, many U.S. cities have begun looking for answers to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dubbed a “public health concern.”

One increasingly popular approach to addressing the spike in traffic-related deaths has been adopting a Vision Zero (VZ) program. The concept originated in Sweden in 1997 and sets a goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. VZ was adopted by Chicago in 2012, San Francisco in 2014, and Los Angeles in 2015. However, the success of VZ has been uneven at best and the superior approach for lower