Vision Zero

Bellevue’s Vision Zero initiative reflects the city’s commitment to image of pedestrian in crosswalkreduce traffic deaths and serious injury collisions on city streets to zero by the year 2030. In 2015, the City Council passed a resolution providing a framework to achieve this goal. It states "the life, safety and health of residents, employees and visitors to Bellevue is the City Council's highest priority." In 2016, the City Council passed an ordinance adopting Vision Zero amendments into the city's Comprehensive Plan.

Video analytics

One effort to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries is the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero project. Crowdsourcing is part of the Video Analytics project and organizers encourage public participation by watching traffic camera video and using tracking tools to identify objects and movements. The videos and tools are available on the project web page. Additional information is available in an ITE Journal article

Crash map data

To achieve the 2030 goal, it’s important to have a good understanding of the problem and to develop the right tools to address it. Knowing where, when and what type of collisions occur is critical to eliminating them. Bellevue has developed a crash map that allows for interactive searching of fatal and serious injury collisions on Bellevue streets over a 10-year period.

image of crash data map

Click to access the Crash Map Portal

Vision Zero strategies

Bellevue has policies and programs intended to make streets safer for all modes of travel. Vision Zero goes further by tying together these efforts, developing a framework to eliminate fatal and serious injury collisions over time. Key elements of this framework include:

  • Informing residents about traffic laws and safe behavior for travelers of all ages and abilities;
  • Encouraging and incentivizing safe, positive behavior;
  • Employing sound design techniques to make streets safer for all, especially the most vulnerable users;
  • Ensuring that safety applies equitably to everyone, no matter what transportation mode is used or where in the city one is traveling; and
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress, adjusting strategies when needed and celebrating successes.

Vision Zero instills a more holistic and comprehensive view regarding traffic fatalities and serious injuries: They are not inevitable. The goal of eliminating these types of collisions must be approached from the perspective that street design should emphasize safety, predictability and the potential for human error, coupled with targeted education and rigorous, data-driven enforcement.

Strategies needed to accomplish Vision Zero’s ambitious goals of zero fatalities and zero serious injuries by 2030 will be further developed in collaboration with the Transportation Commission and City Council.

One of the near-term actions to achieve Vision Zero’s goal is the implementation of projects identified in Bellevue’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative. The Initiative identifies specific projects to improve safety for people walking and biking on city streets.


Vision Zero originated in Sweden in the 1990s and its principles have since been adopted by numerous countries worldwide. The vision can be achieved by bringing together and fostering collaboration among transportation engineers and planners, police, policy makers, advocates, and users of the transportation system.

The Vision Zero movement is founded on the belief that deaths and serious injuries on city streets are unacceptable and preventable. In 2015, more than 35,000 people were killed in crashes on roadways in the United States, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, so the potential for saving lives is great.

Bellevue’s Vision Zero effort aligns with the statewide Target Zero plan, which shares the goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The state Department of Transportation maintains a crash data portal with state and local statistics over a 10-year period.


Franz Loewenherz




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