Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. For too long, traffic deaths and severe injuries have been considered an inevitable side effect of modern life. We must no longer regard traffic crashes as “accidents”, but rather as preventable incidents that can be addressed by taking a proactive approach.
Through street design, education, and traffic enforcement, we can eliminate traffic-related deaths and severe injuries.
The Department of Transportation and Engineering’s (DOTE) 2021/22 Vision Zero program focuses on improving safety for Cincinnati’s most vulnerable street users – pedestrians.
Direction this year from DOTE/Vision Zero staff:
We’re also starting to develop our work plan for FY22. Based on community feedback, we will be realigning the Pedestrian Safety program to focus more on actual traffic calming. I am asking each community council across the city to send me up to two street segments for consideration for traffic calming.
The tools we will be using to calm traffic are bump outs and/or speed cushions. A bump out (or curb extension) extends the sidewalk into the parking lane where 24-hour parking is present. The bump out visually and physically narrows the roadway, which can result in slower driving speeds.
A speed cushion is similar to a speed hump, but has wheel cut outs to allow emergency vehicles to pass through unimpeded. Regular-sized cars and trucks however must reduce their speed to the speed limit in order to drive over the speed cushion comfortably. Speed cushions cannot be used on streets with steep grades.
The street segments you submit for consideration should be no more than ½ mile long, but you can send a specific address if that is easier than defining a street segment. It’s also helpful to include a short sentence or two for each location explaining why traffic calming should be prioritized here. For example, is the location adjacent to a school or community center, or on a heavily traveled walking route to a popular destination? The more information you include, the better. Funding is limited, so this is a competitive program. Each request will be scored on several factors, including:
All requests received will be scored, and then ranked. Funding will be allocated to the most urgent/at-risk locations first, until all funding has been expended. Due to limited funding, it is unlikely that all locations will receive funding.
Please discuss this with your community and try to respond to me with your top 2 priority locations as soon as possible, but no later than Friday January 28, 2022. Requests received after January 28, 2022 will not be considered.
Oakley 2021 Projects (Approved, awaiting design & installation):
Oakley 2020 Projects (Approved, awaiting design & installation):
Development related project/improvements - There are several approved/proposed development projects which include pedestrian and traffic safety improvements as components of their development.
Potential Projects Forum:
FY22 Suggestions: https://oakleynow.com/Vision-Zero-Project-Forum-22
FY21 Suggestions: https://oakleynow.com/Vision-Zero-Project-Forum-21
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to be part of the OCC pedestrian safety team, please contact Pedestrian Safety Committee Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org