The draft 2023-2025 Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan is out for public comment. The plan outlines priorities for the next 3 years to advance the City’s goal of ending traffic deaths and severe injuries.
The updated plan builds on the work of the 2020-2022 Vision Zero Action Plan and draws on information in the 2022 Vision Zero Crash Study to inform priority actions. An average of 150 people suffered life-altering injuries or were killed in traffic crashes each year on streets in Minneapolis from 2017 to 2021. That is unacceptable and preventable. Traffic crashes disproportionately impact people in neighborhoods with lower incomes, Native American residents and people walking and bicycling.
The plan features 17 strategies and 70 actions to be implemented between 2023 and 2025. Highlights from the strategies and actions include four focus areas:
- Make safety improvements on high injury streets. In Minneapolis, 66% of severe and fatal crashes happen on just 9% of the streets citywide. The City and partners will continue to proactively install traffic safety treatments on high injury streets.
- Advance street designs to reduce dangerous vehicle speeds. Speeding has increased since 2020 and was a factor in 65% of fatal crashes in 2021. Lower traffic speeds save lives by reducing the likelihood of a crash and by making it less likely a crash that does happen will be deadly. The City will expand use of treatments that support safe speeds on busier streets and pilot new measures.
- Work to implement a speed safety camera pilot of automated enforcement. The City is seeking legislative authority to implement a speed safety camera pilot program. Once there is legislative authority, the City will develop details for a local pilot program informed by significant community engagement. Automated traffic enforcement has proven effective at saving lives and eliminates the need for officer interaction.
- Evaluate alternative approaches to staffing and implementing traffic enforcement while addressing discriminatory outcomes and building trust. Due to a variety of factors, traffic stops are down significantly in recent years. Also, the 2022 Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation of the City and the Police Department found racial disparities in traffic stops. The City is working to evaluate alternative approaches to staffing and implementing traffic enforcement (summary of initial work) and to implement reforms to address racial disparities in traffic stops.
Comment on the draft plan
You can share feedback on the draft plan through December 11, 2022.
Online open house
This virtual open house will include a presentation and question and answer period.
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Via this Microsoft Teams* link
*Anyone can join a Microsoft Teams web meeting. A free software download may be required. The type of download may vary based on how you join the meeting (computer, android device, apple device). Learn more about Microsoft Teams