Minneapolis Looks to End All Traffic-Related Deaths, Serious Injuries by 2027

The corner of 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis following a crash Sept. 6. Photo: Minneapolis Police Department
The corner of 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis following a crash Sept. 6.

September 11, 2017 04:26 PM

City leaders in Minneapolis will vote this week on an ambitious proposal designed to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2027.

The Vision Zero policy plan includes a focus on protecting bicyclists and pedestrians while working with stakeholders to design safer streets and intersections. It also calls for educating the public, encouraging behavioral changes and creating enforcement and legislative solutions, according to a city release.

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The city says about 76 percent of fatal or serious crashes happened on 908 of the city's intersections – or 13 percent – between 2006 and 2015. The city says the Vision Zero plan would entail parsing data and studying best practices to achieve its end goal.

Minneapolis aims to join cities like New York, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Austin, Chicago and Washington D.C. in adopting a plan aimed at eliminating serious traffic injuries and deaths, the release says.

The City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support the Vision Zero policy. The city would then work to create a task force made up of various city leaders who will shape the plan. 

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