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.


2023/2024 Projects:

The Department of Transportation and Engineering’s (DOTE) 2023/24 Vision Zero/Street Calming 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 FY23/24. 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:

  • History of pedestrian crashes
  • History of cars leaving the roadway
  • History of fatal or serious injury crashes
  • Proximity to a neighborhood business district
  • Proximity to a school, recreation center, park or other pedestrian generator
  • # of and frequency of bus routes
  • % of zero-car households

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.

Oakley 2023/2024 Project Submission:

The following projects were selected as our top 2 priorities for last year, but were not selected:

  1. Madison Road/Oakley Square
  2. Brotherton Rd Corridor - Madison to Sherel.
The Pedestrian Safety team recommends we submit these two again, but welcome suggestions for additional ideas.

Submit your project suggestions here.

View project submissions here.

Oakley 2022/2023 Project Submission (neither approved):

The following projects were selected as our top 2 priorities:

  1. Madison Road/Oakley Square
  2. Brotherton Rd Corridor - Madison to Sherel.

Oakley 2021/2022 Projects (Approved, awaiting design & installation):

  • New crosswalk and curb cuts - Brotherton & Pillars/Fielding.  Approved & going through final design.

Oakley 2020/2021 Projects (Approved, awaiting design & installation):

  • Madison @ Flaggs USA - new raised crosswalk and signage - installation underway.  Zebra striping and warning signs to be done soon.
  • Madison @ Romana - new RRFB (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon) installed, similar to one @ Fleet Feet/Essencha Teas)
  • Taylor & Paxton - new updated zebra striping

Development related project/improvements - There are several approved/proposed development projects which include pedestrian and traffic safety improvements as components of their development.

  • Three Oaks/Neyer - street calming on Robertson, still in design with DOT/E.  Curb bump outs, new paved crosswalks, new 4 way stop, RRFB @ 34th & Robertson, parking on both sides being discussed. Looking into options for Robertson/28th/Millsbrae
  • Wasson Way Bike Path - New/updated painted crosswalks at Michigan, Shaw, and Eastern Hills. Hyde Park Ave – new painted crosswalk, bump outs on North side of Wasson, RRFB installed
  • Paxton Ave Infrastructure Fund Rehab - this DOTE approved project will address changes to the Paxton/Wasson/Isabella intersection, and street calming efforts between this intersection and Marburg. 
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