Vision Zero Initiative
What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
In August 2023, the City of Savannah hosted a series of Vision Zero drop-in sessions and interactive workshops for the public. Online exercises were also available until Sept. 1 for residents unable to attend a meeting. Thank you to all of the residents who participated in this phase of public engagement and shared their invaluable feedback.
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About Vision Zero in Savannah
In early 2022, the Vision Zero Task Force was established to provide input and help advance key strategies, policies, and recommendations. The group meets regularly every two weeks and are responsible for:
- Identifying multi-year strategies and benchmarks for reducing crashes and getting to zero
- Making recommendations for policies, outreach and education, design improvements, and enforcement strategies;
- Evaluating data and best practices;
- Identifying resources and partnerships;
- Communicating updates to the public; and
- Regularly updating the Vision Zero Action Plan every 12-months.
Members of the Task Force include representatives from the City Manager’s Office, Office of the Chief Infrastructure and Development Officer, Traffic Engineering, Savannah Police Department, Savannah Fire Department, Planning and Urban Design, Communications, Parking and Mobility Services, Management and Budget, and community members to ensure representation from multiple disciplines and sectors.
What are the guiding principles for Vision Zero Savannah to help create safer streets?
- Traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable and unacceptable.
- Saving human lives is an objective of the highest order.
- Solutions should be comprehensive, collaborative, equitable, and data-driven.
- Savannah as a whole - elected officials, staff, community members and visitors - are accountable for implementing the Vision Zero Action Plan.
How will Savannah ensure that Vision Zero supports an equitable transportation system?
The City of Savannah can reduce disproportionate impacts of transportation-related serious injuries and deaths by:
- Encouraging meaningful dialogue and partnerships, seeking input from diverse voices about traffic safety,
- Prioritizing safety improvements that provide transportation options in areas most in need, and
- Measuring the success of safety improvements to ensure equitable outcomes.