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Media Alert
News Date: March 02, 2021

Vision Zero Columbus to Implement First Action Plan

The Vision Zero Columbus Action Plan 1.0 lays out a set of two-year strategies to make safety the number one priority of the Columbus transportation system. The plan lays out a strategy to begin to achieve the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries from crashes on city streets, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced today.  

“Vision Zero Columbus affects the well-being of every resident in our city,” said Mayor Ginther. “When residents use our transportation system -- regardless of mode of travel -- their health, safety and equity must be front and center. This first Action Plan begins the intense work to attain that.”

The Action Plan identifies a High Injury Network of city streets that have a higher density of fatal or serious crashes involving vulnerable road users; pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are inherently more at risk if involved in crashes. Streets on the network may run through other municipalities. 

Livingston Avenue is one example. Columbus and the City of Bexley are partnering to implement Vision Zero strategies that address speed and the number of crashes on Livingston.

The joint effort will identify engineering, safety and streetscape improvements designed to slow traffic speed and support multi-modal travel along Livingston between Nelson and James roads. Recommendations for joint development and land use policies will also be developed.

The Action Plan was developed through hundreds of hours of collecting and analyzing data, mobility planning and engaging the community, after Vision Zero Columbus launched in March 2020. The plan features equitable solutions, attainable goals and accountability to residents. It will be updated continually as new data becomes available and strategies prove successful in making travel on city streets safer.

Crash fatalities on Columbus streets have increased for several consecutive years, with more than 50 people dying annually.

”Vision Zero is based on the fundamental principle that our transportation system can be made safer through data-driven approaches to engineering, education, evaluation and community engagement,” said Jennifer L. Gallagher, Director of the Department of Public Service, which is spearheading Vision Zero Columbus. “We have examined our transportation system holistically, and from the perspectives of all who use it — pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit users — to prioritize safety above all else.”

The Action Plan was created by working across city departments and with stakeholders including COTA, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio Department of Ohio Transportation, community partners like OhioHealth, Nationwide and Columbus City Schools, and advocacy and neighborhood groups.

“I applaud Mayor Ginther, Director Gallagher and Councilmember Shayla Favor for championing this initiative,” said Councilmember Mitchell Brown, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “We must do everything in our power to protect those who walk, bike, and drive in Columbus. Adopting the Vision Zero principles is an excellent step toward preventing senseless traffic injuries and deaths in our community.”

The Action Plan was introduced at City Council on Monday and will be considered for adoption when Council meets on March 8. Residents can view the Action Plan by visiting www.columbus.gov/VisionZero.

A virtual public hearing on the Vision Zero Columbus Action Plan 1.0 will be hosted by Councilmember Favor, chair of the Public Service and Transportation Committee, on Thursday, March 4, at 5 p.m. 

The public hearing will be streamed live on CTV, the city’s YouTube page and Facebook page. The link is here (Password: 12345). Those who wish to speak at the hearing should email Anisa Liban at [email protected] in Councilmember Favor’s office by 4 p.m. on March 4.