Vision Zero Sonoma County
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) are collaborating on the Vision Zero Sonoma County project to create a healthier, more sustainable community for all residents in Sonoma County.
Vision Zero is a project that will focus on action-oriented strategies to reduce serious injuries and fatalities caused by traffic collisions, and improving health, quality of life and economic vitality, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged communities.
The project is built upon three foundational principles:
- 1. The development of systems that will drive data informed planning
- 2. Collective/coordinated Vision Zero planning across municipalities
- 3. Community engagement driven planning and engagement
Letter from the Sonoma County Vision Zero Advisory Committee
Whether venturing out to the coast, biking to work, or going for a neighborhood stroll, every resident and visitor deserves to be safe moving around our county. Sonoma County has seen more fatal and serious injury crashes per capita than other counties in the Bay Area. Even one death on our streets is one too many, but between 2015 and 2019, there were 201 traffic fatalities and 999 crashes that resulted in severe injury.
Traffic crashes are not distributed equally along Sonoma County’s 2,646 miles of roadway, or among road users. Rural areas and low-income “Communities of Concern” are disproportionately burdened by deadly crashes. Throughout the County, 4% of commuters walk or bike, but pedestrians and bicyclists make up nearly 18% of deaths. We can and must do more to ensure that streets are safe for everyone, no matter where they live or how they get around.
In October 2019, Sonoma County Transportation Authority launched a Vision Zero planning process in partnership with the Department of Health Services. The Vision Zero Advisory Committee comprises members from all ten jurisdictions within the county, as well as non-profit organizations, community members, and school leadership. We are committed to achieving zero traffic deaths and severe injuries on County roadways by 2035.
We know that we cannot achieve this goal alone. While all jurisdictions are committed to contributing to a unified Vision Zero Action Plan, we also rely on state legislature for transportation funding and policy. Most importantly, we embark upon this effort in partnership with our community members, who help us build a culture of street safety. Together, we can prevent deaths and severe injuries caused by traffic crashes.
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
For too long, we’ve considered traffic deaths and severe injuries to be inevitable side effects of modern life. While often referred to as “accidents,” the reality is that we can prevent these tragedies by taking a proactive, preventative approach that prioritizes traffic safety as a public health issue.
To read more about the Vision Zero movement, please check out the Vision Zero Network.
Your input is needed! Please take this short survey about your traffic safety experiences and concerns. Anyone who lives in Sonoma County can take the survey. Responses will be used to create a Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic injuries and deaths.
¡Necesitamos tu opinión! Responde a esta breve encuesta sobre tus experiencias e inquietudes de seguridad vial. Cualquiera que viva en el condado de Sonoma puede completar la encuesta. Las respuestas se utilizarán para crear un plan de acción Vision Zero para eliminar las muertes por causa de choques de tránsito.
Local Road Safety Plans
Many jurisdictions in Sonoma County are working on Local Road Safety Plans (LRSP). These plans will be similar to the Vision Zero Action Plan and all the plans will be aligned in their goals and objectives. The main difference is that the Vision Zero Action Plan will be a countywide plan and the LRSPs will focus on particular jurisdictions. The Vision Zero Action Plan will lay out a bold vision of how Sonoma County can eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2035. The LRSPs will drill down into the details of what that will look like for the individual jurisdictions.
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