The Cost of Vision Zero in Fremont, CA (Vision Zero Watch)

To reiterate, seven of the nine cities studied had fatality rates either remain flat or go up since Vision Zero was enacted. At least one had fatality rates go up considerably. Given the hundreds of millions of dollars spent nationally on Vision Zero, that seems a poor return on our investment.

But what of Fremont? All of those in the report are major urban cities, completely unlike our quiet, suburban community. How has Fremont fared? The results are mixed. At the city council meeting, city staff presented results and focused on the decline in severe injury accidents in Fremont. However, while the number of reported accidents is down, the number of fatalities has remained flat. In fact, while admittedly not a statistically significant delta, it is notable that the year with the highest single number of fatalities shown came after Vision Zero was enacted.