The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition was formed in fall 2015 to advocate for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston, and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout Massachusetts. The new and growing coalition includes community-based organizations, nonprofits, businesses, civic groups and individuals representing communities across the state.
The group has successfully led efforts to build public support for Vision Zero, improve proposed street designs, influence legislation, hold city leaders accountable, and win additional Vision Zeo funding and staff (Boston FY2018).
Here's a snapshot of what's been accomplished so far:
Timeline - Vision Zero in Massachusetts
March 2015 - Mayor Marty Walsh announces that the City of Boston is committed to Vision Zero, with the goal of eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes by 2030.
May 2015 - The Vision Zero Boston Task Force is established. Led by BTD, the group immediately identifies priority issues and locations on which to focus the city's resources and attention. The Task Force also conducts crash site visits and makes recommendations for improvements. Several members of the Coalition sit on Boston's Task Force.
September 2015 - LivableStreets convenes the MA Vision Zero Coalition to advocate for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston, and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout Massachusetts. The coalition provides feedback and guidance on Boston's action plan.
November 2015 - The Coalition holds the first World Day of Remembrance bike ride and vigil at the State House. World day of Remembrance is an international event to honor those who have been injured or killed by a road traffic crash and bring awareness to the epidemic of traffic deaths locally and around the world.
December 2015 - City of Boston releases their Vision Zero Action Plan, highlighting priority projects in areas identified as "high-crash" sites and two neighborhoods as pilots for the Slow Streets program.
January 2016 - The Coalition crafts an omnibus traffic safety bill - An Act to reduce traffic fatalities (S.1905/H2877).
March 2016 - The City of Cambridge commits to Vision Zero and adopts a Complete Streets policy. City leaders look to the Coalition for guidance while drafting their action plan.
June 2016 - The MA Vision Zero Coalition gets more than 200 people out to a critical public meeting to support improvements for Mass Ave.
September 2016 - The Coalition holds a "Streets Are for People Rally" at Boston City Hall, gathering advocates and friends and family members of traffic crash victims together to call on city leaders to prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, and take transit.
November 2016 - Improvements to Mass Ave in Boston are implemented, including improved signal timing and intersections, and parking-protected bike lanes.
November 2016 - For the second year, the Coalition organizes the World Day of Remembrance bike ride and vigil. Coalition members place cut-out silhouettes around the city to remember victims and bring attention to crash sites.
December 2016 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs the "Duck Boat Bill" into law requiring Duck Boat vehicles to be equipped with "blind spot cameras and proximity sensors." After a young woman was killed by a Duck Boat while driving a motorbike in April 2016, the Coalition worked with legislators and victim's family to push for the bill.
December 2016 - The Coalition releases a Vision Zero Progress Report grading Boston's progress on their first year action plan.
January 2017 - The default speed limit in the City of Boston drops from 30 to 25 MPH.
July 2017 - City of Cambridge uses funding from participatory budgeting to install a two-way separated bike lane on Brattle Street from Eliot Street to Mason Street and a one-way separated bike lane on Mass Ave. between Trowbridge Street and Quincy Street.
July 2017 - Boston selects five neighborhoods (from 47 applications) for their 2018 Neighborhood Slow Streets Program.
September 2017 - The City of Somerville joins Boston and Cambridge in making a commitment to Vision Zero.
November 2017 - For the third year, the Coalition organizes the World Day of Remembrance bike ride and vigil. Families and friends of road traffic victims, advocates, and city leaders gather together at the State House.
December 2017 - In collaboration with the Vision Zero Network, the Coalition releases "Vision Zero Action Plan Guidelines", a resource to help Vision Zero communities build an implementation plan that is concrete and action driven, while being responsive to the context and needs of the community served.
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