Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale is a response to citizens’ concerns about safety for the traveling public, whether walking, biking, riding a bus or train, or driving a car.
Neighbors prioritized a connected multimodal transportation network where the pedestrian is first in the City’s Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale 2035 Vision Plan, which was completed in 2013. Since that time, our neighbors have placed a priority on improving safety and connectivity of the transportation network.
In the 2014 Neighbor Survey, residents ranked the safety of biking as the highest priority within the transportation and mobility category. In addition, the most important type of capital for leaders to fund was walkable/bikeable streets, greenways, and paths.
Over the past five years, there has been an average of 20 fatalities on streets within the City each year, including an average of 9 pedestrian and 2 bicycle fatalities annually. On average, bicycle and pedestrian incidents involve a much higher fatality rate. According to the FIRES crash reporting system, in 2014 approximately 3% of all crashes involving bicycles or pedestrians resulted in a fatality, while only 0.04% of vehicle accidents resulted in a fatality.
Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale recommendations identify areas that require improvement and contain key objectives for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety. The 5 Es of Vision Zero offer a comprehensive array of strategies that can be implemented across the City to reach zero fatalities.
Engineering strategies create safe and convenient environments to drive, bike, and walk through the implementation of the Complete Streets policy and other transportation initiatives.
Education strategies educate neighbors of all ages and abilities on best practices to safely use streets.
Encouragement strategies promote and encourage behavioral change and participation through new and existing resources, public outreach, and special events.
Enforcement strategies create awareness to encourage motorists to slow down and observe traffic laws.
Evaluation strategies collect data to measure the successes of the multiple strategies being used to help reduce traffic-related fatalities as outlined in Vision Zero.
Beginning in fall 2015, the City of Fort Lauderdale will begin implementing the Vision Zero plan. Once the Fort Lauderdale City Commission formally adopts the plan, a steering committee will be assembled with representatives from each participating partner organization.
The Vision Zero steering committee will meet to measure progress on Vision Zero strategies. An annual progress report (or biannual depending on progress and resources) will be released to the public along with an action plan every five years that will highlight the Vision Partners’ prioritized strategies.
The timeline below is a visual representation of how the City of Fort Lauderdale and its partners will achieve a zero fatality transportation network.
On May 19, 2016, the City held a Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale workshop, which was the first step in officially launching Vision Zero. The workshop brought the Vision Zero Champions and VIPs together to discuss priorities for the 5-year work program. Below is a visual representation of topics discussed throughout the day.
Improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure will take time and dedication of resources. Implementation requires efforts from both private and public partners at the city, county, state, and federal government level. This plan was developed in partnership with a wide range of partners as listed below. The implementation of the plan will utilize the continued support of these partners, as well as continue to build new partnerships into the future.