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 theyâ€™re on foot, on bicycles, in cars or using transit. Montgomery Planningâ€™s role in Vision Zero is:
- Master Planning: Through master planning, Montgomery Planning engages the community to re-envision our auto-oriented roadways as safe, complete streets.
- Regulatory Approvals: The Montgomery County Planning Board implements the vision of master plans by reviewing proposed development and deciding on subdivision requests.
- 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 Countyâ€™s capital budget.
- Data Analysis: The Planning Department has extensive data collection and analysis resources to systematically identify roadway characteristics that create safety challenges.
- Community Support and Engagement: The department provides support for building a Vision Zero constituency.
View a video of Montgomery Planningâ€™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.