Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a proven strategy to prevent transportation-related deaths and severe injuries. Vision Zero represents a fundamental change in thinking about roadway planning and design priorities: changing the focus from vehicular mobility to safe mobility for all people regardless of their mode of transportation.

Through its 2016 resolution, Montgomery County committed to creating a Vision Zero environment to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries. In 2017, the County Executive released an initial two-year action plan of activities to advance the County toward Vision Zero. Upon completion of the two-year action plan, the County will advance a ten-year action plan to achieve Vision Zero by 2030.

Montgomery Planning is also committed to Vision Zero — to putting safety first for all people in all communities, whether they’re on foot, on bicycles, in cars or using transit. Montgomery Planning’s role in Vision Zero is:

  1. Master Planning: Through master planning, Montgomery Planning engages the community to re-envision our auto-oriented roadways as safe, complete streets.
  2. Regulatory Approvals: The Montgomery County Planning Board implements the vision of master plans by reviewing proposed development and deciding on subdivision requests.
  3. Capital Project Review and Budgeting: Montgomery Planning is involved in capital projects through participation in facility planning studies, design reviews, mandatory referrals and comments on the County’s capital budget.
  4. Data Analysis: The Planning Department has extensive data collection and analysis resources to systematically identify roadway characteristics that create safety challenges.
  5. Community Support and Engagement: The department provides support for building a Vision Zero constituency.

View a video of Montgomery Planning’s role in Vision Zero.

Montgomery Planning has been incorporating safety into master plans for some time. Vision Zero offers an opportunity to step up these efforts.

Last Updated: December 11, 2018