A Path to Vision Zero
Transportation is a key element of what makes Cambridge the vibrant, lively city it is; residents, businesses, and visitors alike enjoy the walkability, convenience, and healthy lifestyle available here.
Whether walking, cycling, using transit, driving, or moving around Cambridge another way, our residents and visitors need safe streets. While Cambridge has long been a leader in improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities and safety, significant challenges remain. Traffic violence impacts our public health, our public safety, our quality of life and can disproportionately impact our most vulnerable residents.
While Cambridge benefits from a long history of support for walking, bicycling, and transit, our dense, urban environment does pose challenges.
Facing our Challenges
Although Cambridge’s crowded, narrow streets result in lower and safer speeds, we also have less street real estate available for the competing uses of people who drive, bicycle, or walk. Additionally, a significant amount of vehicular traffic in Cambridge passes through with no origin or destination within the city, on roads that are not under local control.
As a city, we have committed to taking the steps necessary to address these challenges and eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries—Vision Zero represents this commitment.
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
The Vision Zero approach consists first and foremost of an acknowledgment that crashes are preventable. By examining the factors that cause crashes, from infrastructure to behavior and societal factors, we can make the changes necessary to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Vision Zero also acknowledges that human beings will always make mistakes, so we must have systems in place to ensure that they are not fatal or life changing.