Vision Zero

Vision Zero

​Vision Zero

The City of Charlotte has always placed strong emphasis on a safe transportation system for all users. This drives our every decision. Now, the City is introducing a strategy to implement broad-reaching efforts to protect the most vulnerable transportation system users – bicyclists and pedestrians. We believe it’s our collective responsibility to create safe travel for all.

​What is Vision Zero?

Across the globe, Vision Zero is saving and protecting lives. Vision Zero was started in Sweden in 1997. It’s a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safety, health and mobility for all. Vision Zero focuses on how people naturally behave. People make mistakes but mistakes should not be fatal. Dangerous and careless driving will be addressed.

Vision Zero Commitment

As a community, it's our responsibility to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries for all who share Charlotte streets by 2030.

Vision Zero Guiding Principles

Traffic deaths and severe injuries are preventable and unacceptable. The following principles recognize this belief and will guide the actions and performance measures of Charlotte’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

  1. Protecting human lives takes priority over all other objectives of the road system.
  2. The transportation system should be designed so mistakes are not fatal.
  3. Solutions must be collaborative, equitable and data-driven.
  4. Safety on our streets is everyone's responsibility.
  5. Our community is accountable for implementing the Vision Zero Action Plan, measuring performance and responding accordingly.

Vision Zero in Charlotte

Vision Zero prioritizes human life and seeks to eliminate the common belief that traffic crashes are inevitable accidents. The City believes that there is safety in numbers, that increasing numbers of people walking and biking make these activities safer, as well as improves the overall health of the City of Charlotte.

The City of Charlotte embraces a proactive culture of openness, innovation and creative solutions. Caring and responsible actions will result in a safe and sound infrastructure, one where every person matters. Vision Zero moves us in that direction.

Vision Zero Safety Umbrella

​The City of Charlotte is establishing a Task Force to develop a plan a Vision Zero Action Plan. Below are the organizations represented on the task force. Stay tuned for more information as the plan develops.

Organizations Involved
Atrium Health Care Injury Prevention Center
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Charlotte Communications & Marketing
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
​Charlotte District Attorney's Office
Charlotte Fire Department
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)
CMS - Driver Education
Charlotte Planning, Design & Development
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)
CMPD - Victim Services
Charlotte Office of Data Analytics  
​Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)
​Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) / NC Vision Zero
Mecklenburg County Public Health
Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office
Mecklenburg Transportation Alliance
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Sustain Charlotte

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