Minneapolis wants to end all traffic deaths in the city in 10 years

The city hopes to become a Vision Zero city.

Minneapolis wants to make roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, with the hope of putting an end to all traffic deaths in the city in the next decade. 

City leaders on Monday detailed plans to do just that, and it includes adopting the Vision Zero policy – a strategy to eliminate traffic deaths and make streets safer for everyone, no matter how they get around. 

So, what is it?

Vision Zero was first implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, and has since spread across Europe and many U.S. cities, including New York City, Chicago and Boston, Vision Zero's website says.

The strategy sets a timeline and a commitment to bring stakeholders together to come up with a plan to make streets safer. 

It focuses on lowering speed limits, redesigning streets, implementing behavior change campaigns and enhancing data-driven traffic enforcement. 

And that's just what Minneapolis hopes to do. 

The Minneapolis City Council will vote on a resolution that supports Vision Zero. If and when it's approved, the city will develop a task force to best implement a Vision Zero Action Plan, a news release says

Mayor Betsy Hodges said Monday she has set aside $400,000 in her 2018 budget (it'll be released Tuesday) to fund the first year of the Vision Zero plan.

If adopted, Minneapolis would be the first city in Minnesota to officially become a Vision Zero city, according to this Vision Zero map. The map does show that St. Paul is considering becoming a Vision Zero city. 

There is a statewide effort to bring Minnesota's traffic deaths down to 300 by 2020. The program is called Toward Zero Deaths, and it's based off the Vision Zero strategy.

Traffic deaths in Minneapolis

From 2006-2015, 106 people died on the city's streets, including 14 bicyclists, 35 pedestrians and 57 motorists or passengers, the Star Tribune says.

During that timespan, roughly 76 percent of all fatal and serious injury crashes in the city happened at about 13 percent of the city's total intersections, the release says.

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