Minneapolis: Vision Zero enters building year (Vision Zero Watch)

Minneapolis is hoping the ’20s are the decade of traffic safety, beginning with a three-year action plan aimed at eliminating travel deaths.

Vision Zero, a nationwide movement to eliminate street deaths and severe injuries, was adopted in Minneapolis in 2017. In December, the City Council approved an action plan aimed at making the city a safer place to walk, bike and drive that will be carried out from 2020-22.

“We know that a smart plan is only as good as the implementation,” said Ethan Fawley, Minneapolis’ Vision Zero coordinator.

This year will serve as a buildup time for Vision Zero, Fawley said, with more major actions coming in 2021 and 2022. But already in 2020 there are improvements the city will be looking to make to streets known to be dangerous.