Vision Zero is a philosophy that believes that there is no such thing as traffic accidents. Instead, there are crashes that through better infrastructure, education, and policy can be significantly reduced, with the goal that zero crashes occur between motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Vision Zero originally started in Sweden in the late 1990s. It had mixed success in various cities around the world. In 2018, the city council of Sacramento voted to adopt a Vision Zero policy.
Any policy that results in the reduction of the loss of life is extremely important. In order to ensure that Sacramento is more bike and pedestrian-friendly, we need to motivate the city to find the necessary funding to push Vision Zero forward. The city has already created an action plan with several suggestions that would greatly help to reduce the number of crashes that occur between cars, bikes, and pedestrians.
If people feel safe riding their bikes and walking the streets of Sacramento, it could have a great economic impact on our region. It will lead to cleaner air and a smaller carbon footprint. Vision Zero is the key to making Sacramento a better city for everyone regardless of their socio-economic status.