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Vision Zero (Ongoing)

Description

The iCAP 2020 objective 8.6 is to "Support Vision Zero as a county-wide goal for safe and sustainable transportation." The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is F&S.

The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) department at F&S works with regional transportation planning partners to coordinate networks for all campus travel, including walking, bicycling, transit, and motor vehicles. TDM also encourages active transportation, maintains street signs and pavement markings, manages traffic closures on campus property, prioritizes pavement improvement projects, and emphasizes pedestrian safety and the safety of all on-campus modes of transportation. Furthermore, implementing the Campus Bicycle Network Master Plan and exploring sustainable options for transportation infrastructure and fuels fall under the TDM’s purview. In the last five years, the department’s efforts and safety measures have resulted in zero transportation-related fatalities on campus streets.

The City of Urbana's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) passed a resolution in support of Vision Zero in fall 2019.

Background

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero has proved successful across Europe — and now it’s gaining momentum in major American cities. In 2012, Chicago became the first U.S. city to adopt Vision Zero; since then, more than 20 cities across the country have committed to this strategy.

Dr. Rahim “Ray” Benekohal, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), has been an advocate for Vision Zero on campus for years. In early 2020, his research group collaborated with F&S TDM and performed a campus wide survey to collect information on collisions as well as dangerous intersections on campus, and what make these areas dangerous. They presented the preliminary results from their survey at the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) in fall 2020.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Sarthak Prasad

    Project Leader:

    Stacey DeLorenzo

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