‘Core Elements’ Defined by National Groups for Vision Zero Efforts

On Nov. 6 the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Vision Zero Network released what they dubbed the “first‐ever” definition of “Core Elements” for Vision Zero efforts to eliminate highway fatalities in three areas: leadership and commitment; safe roadways and safe speeds; data driven approaches, with transparency and accountability.

“ITE is committed to reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation system. We believe this new resource is an important addition to our previous efforts,” noted Jeffrey Paniati, the group’s executive director and CEO, in a statement.

ITE added that it is “actively involved” in a number of Vision Zero-themed programs, either directly through committee service or indirectly through partnerships with member organizations.

Several of these programs and initiatives include:

  • The Vision Zero Initiative, which is based on the Swedish government’s original plans to eliminate roadway fatalities and an ITE Talks Transportation podcast interviewwith STA Traffic Safety Strategist Matts-Ake Belin offers more detail about this ongoing effort.
  • Towards Zero Deaths, which is an initiative promoted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and numerous state departments of transportation.
  • The Vision Zero Network, which is focused on using “leading edge cities” and “champion organizations” to build and sustain momentum for the movement to eliminate highway fatalities.
  • The Road to Zero Coalition, of which ITE is a steering group member, is a partnership between the National Safety Council, USDOT, and dozens of other associations and interest groups that aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the United States within 30 years.


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