Vision Zero

Updated November 2020

What’s new?

  • We are installing Leading Pedestrian Intervals at intersections across Seattle to give people walking a head start. These turn on the walk signal before people driving get the green light, which helps make pedestrians more visible. So far we've improved almost 300 intersections, and have seen a 48% reduction in pedestrian turning collisions and a 34% reduction in serious injury and fatal pedestrian collisions. Visit our page on Leading Pedestrian Intervals to learn more and track progress.

  • In February 2020, we released phase 2 of our Bike and Pedestrian Safety Analysis, to look at bicycle and pedestrian incident trends. This tool helps us proactively make safety enhancements across the city. This groundbreaking approach helps us prioritize locations, anticipate issues, and make decisions informed by data. 

  • On December 2019, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a series of steps to improve safety on City streets and reaffirm the City's commitment to achieving the Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Mayor Durkan announced the City will reduce speed limits to 25 miles per hour (mph) throughout the city, double the number of safety-enhanced traffic signals, invest in engineering changes to create safer streets, create a new crash review task force, and launch additional traffic safety education and enforcement tactics. Read our 2019 update and visit our page on speed limits to learn more.

    While we're excited to implement these steps, we also want to take a moment to remind everyone that we all have a role to play in improving safety. As you're traveling Seattle's streets, look out for yourself and for each other. Recognize that every intersection is unique, so stay alert. If you're driving, pay attention, slow down, and expect people are walking and biking in every part of the city at all times of the day. 

Seattle's plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

What if each of us asked ourselves: what would be an acceptable number of traffic deaths for my family?

The answer is zero. You wouldn't even think twice about it. Now take that to the next level - what's an acceptable number for your neighborhood? For our city?

While Seattle is one of the safest cities in the country, we still see more than 10,000 crashes a year, resulting in an average of 20 people losing their lives and over 150 people seriously injured. These are our friends, neighbors, and family members.

The thing is, traffic collisions aren't accidents - they're preventable through smarter street design, targeted enforcement, partnerships, and thoughtful public engagement. Together, we can make Seattle's streets safer for everyone.