Vision Zero

FY17 Strategic Plan

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries in San Diego. First implemented in Sweden in the late 1990s and now spreading across the United States, the message of Vision Zero is: No loss of life is acceptable – death on the street does not have to be part of modern life.

The strategy integrates the three 3 E's of engineering, education and enforcement. Fundamental to Vision Zero is the acknowledgement that traffic deaths and injuries are preventable and a multidisciplinary collaboration is essential to developing solutions.

Vision Zero San Diego will foster stronger collaboration between traffic planners, engineers, police officers, policymakers, public health professionals, community groups and residents to create a strategy that promotes safe modes of mobility for all.

In June of 2015, Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Circulate San Diego, Councilmember Mark Kearsey, and Councilmember Marti Emerald to announce the City’s support for the Vision Zero campaign. This was followed by a formal adoption of the initiative by City Council in October, 2015 and creation of the Vision Zero Task Force in January, 2016. 

Contributors

The development of this strategic plan is the result of a collaborative effort between several City departments, community members, and transportation safety advocates.

  • Vision Zero Task Force
  • Circulate San Diego
  • Transportation and Storm Water Department
  • Planning Department
  • Communications Department
  • San Diego Police Department

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Engineering 

Objective

To develop and implement a data driven a strategy that employs best planning, design and engineering practices.

Background

Over the last 5 years, the City of San Diego has implemented numerous measures with the goal of repurposing its streets so people can safely walk, bike, drive, utilize transit and socialize in a safe environment. These actions and the adoption of the Vision Zero campaign further strengthen the City’s commitment to improving safety for all modes of transportation.

  • Completed multiple Pedestrian Master Plans
  • Completed an update to the City’s Bike Master Plan
  • Established a Bike Advisory Committee
  • Updated the City’s Comprehensive Pedestrian Crossing Policy, City Council Policy 200-07, to improve the design and placement of safe crossings throughout the City
  • Adopted a new standard for the installation of high visibility crosswalks at all crosswalk locations citywide
  • Implemented a Bike Share Program to encourage cycling and provide an additional alternative mode of transportation
  • Adopted a Climate Action Plan with goals of increasing walking mode share to 3% by 2020 and 7% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas and increasing bike mode share to 6% by 2020 and 18% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas
  • Finalized a Citywide sidewalk assessment which identifies sidewalk improvement needs
  • Committed to repairing 1,000 miles of roadway and look for opportunities to install and improve bike and pedestrian facilities, concurrently with this effort.  Improvements include lane diets, green bike lanes, sharrows, and buffered bike lanes

Vision Zero Strategic Plan for FY17

Initiative/Goal

Summary

Timeline

Train Staff on Complete Street planning and design

Form a department internal training program enhanced with classes offered through professional and community organizations.

June 2017

Complete the planning phase for the University Ave Safety Improvement Pilot Program

  • Create and work closely with a working group consisting of stakeholders
  • Establish scope for future design of a complete street, prepare preliminary drawings, complete the engineering analysis, prepare cost estimates
  • Identify and pursue funding for design phase

November 2016

Develop a Transportation Strategic Plan

  • Develop preliminary scope of work
  • Complete process to secure consultant to perform work
  • Develop final scope of work, schedule and budget

July 2017

Update the City’s Street Design Manual

Incorporate guidelines and practices from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) into the Street Design Manual

November 2016

Identify, assess and recommend specific locations within communities that have higher incidents of pedestrian related injuries/deaths for safety improvements and/or traffic calming measures.

Identify the next location/corridor that has a high incident rate of traffic related injuries/deaths

December 2016

Include Vision Zero Performance Indicator in Transportation & Storm Water Strategic Plan

Reduce preventable severe crashes and fatalities year from the baseline 2015 through 2025

May 2016


Education 

Objective

To develop and implement an array of educational strategies that will serve to inform bicyclist, pedestrians, drivers and regional stakeholders about the Vision Zero campaign in an effort to decrease severe injuries and fatalities across all modes of transportation.

Background

Street safety education and public outreach will help advance multi-modal safety throughout the City. Effective street safety education will foster comprehensive support for the Vision Zero campaign as well as change behavioral patterns which in turn create safer, more livable streets for all San Diegan’s. 

Vision Zero Strategic Plan for FY17

Initiative/Goal

Summary

Timeline

Identify, review and apply for additional grant funding opportunities that would serve to advance the City of San Diego’s Vision Zero Initiative

  • Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) Statewide Grant Competition
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grants
  • SANDAG Active Transportation Grants
  • Office of Traffic and Safety (OTS) Grants
  • Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)

Ongoing

(Deadlines for grant opportunities vary)

Engage local stakeholders to improve the regional awareness of the Vision Zero campaign

  • City of San Diego (inter-departmental)
  • San Diego City Council
  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • Metropolitan Transit System
  • San Diego Unified School District

December 2016

Develop and host a series of Vision Zero Exposes

  • One per council district.
  • Showcase specific multi-modal safety improvements, educational resources and law enforcement personal.

July 2017

Advocate for the regional designation of a Vision Zero week that will serve to heighten public awareness.

City of San Diego

  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer
  • City Council

County of San Diego

  • Board of Supervisor

January 2017

Develop media campaign strategy

In partnership with the City of San Diego’s Communication Department

March 2017


Enforcement 

Objective

Ensure the City of San Diego employs proven methods of traffic safety enforcement and proactively seeks opportunities to enhance existing initiatives.

Background

Effective law enforcement practices are an essential component of the Vision Zero Campaign and since 2013 the department has applied for and received numerous grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety to address the growing pedestrian and cyclist fatality rate.

The San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division has adopted several initiatives over the past years that specifically serve to address the leading causes of multi-modal deaths and severe injuries. In addition, the department has also partnered with an array of community based organizations such as Circulate San Diego and the San Diego Bicycle Coalition to achieve the goals of the Vision Zero campaign.

  • Targeted enforcement against signal violations, improper turns, failure to yield to pedestrians, texting and speeding
  • Created a  database for the collection of collision data
  • Established a multi-agency response team for analyzing the contributing factors in crashes that resulted in fatal/severe injuries
  • Improved emergency response times
  • Utilize speed cameras in problem areas
  • Regularly deploy drunk driving checkpoints

Vision Zero Strategic Plan for FY17

Initiative/Goal

Summary

Timeline

State and Federal legislation

 

  • Work collaboratively with the region’s state/federal delegation to explore legislation that would improve multi-modal safety
  • Consider for inclusion in in the City’s legislative platform

August 2017

Develop a data sharing portal that promotes transparency and accountability

 

  • Monthly Reports
  • Statistics on cases involving severe and/or fatal collisions
  • Parking violation problem areas
  • Data from Traffic Division Data Analyst, S.W.I.T.R.S and the California Highway Patrol

June 2017

Evaluate the viability of deferred adjudication through the establishment of a Bicyclist Community Court

Partnership with the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee, Circulate San Diego and the District Attorney’s Office.

June 2017

Begin analysis of the leading causes of crashes/fatalities in the city

Focus on targeting enforcement of top five citations

January 2017

Utilize existing grant funds to improve enforcement efforts in high priority corridors

Focus on addressing speeding, improper U Turns, impeding bicycle facilities, illegal parking and failure to observe the three foot passing law

January 2017

Evaluate the Traffic Division’s Collision Investigation Unit

Identify methods to increase the number of officers that are certified Collision Reconstructionist

December 2016