The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is committed to seeing the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and all of Massachusetts accomplish Vision Zero. As other municipalities adopt Vision Zero, the Coalition recommends coordination and collaboration between Boston and its fellow cities - to share best practices, address shared corridors, and lobby the Commonwealth for increased funding, resources, and administrative support.

Here's a look at how we've helped turn commitment into action by advising and challenging our political leaders and policy makers:

LEGISLATIVE WINS

  • Lowered speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH (Passed)
  • Duck Boat Bill (Passed)
  • Distracted Driving Bill (In progress)
  • An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (In progress)

Our role: We worked with our legislative allies, partnered with friends and family of victims, and organized advocates to email, write letters, and provide testimony at the hearings.

Letter Supporting Speed Limit Reductions - June 27, 2016 pdf_image.png

Letter Supporting Sight-Seeing Vehicle Safety Measures - July 6, 2016 pdf_image.png

PUBLIC SUPPORT

Our role: As pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016, we rallied hundreds of advocates at Boston City Hall. The Coalition released a City of Boston Progress Report, highlighting the need for additional Vision Zero funding and staffing.

Leaders Must Make Safer Streets a Priority - Boston Globe, September 1, 2016 pdf_image.png

STREET DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS

  • Mass Ave (Boston & Cambridge)
  • Beacon Street (Boston)
  • Inman Square (Cambridge)

Our role: As a coalition, we provided feedback to the cities of Boston and Cambridge on their designs for Mass Ave improvements. We bolstered support on both sides of the river, getting people out to critical public meetings.

Coalition Recommendations to the City of Boston - November 9, 2015 pdf_image.png

INCREASED RESOURCES

  • $1 million increase for Vision Zero funding in 2018 (Boston)
  • Commitment to hire additional Vision Zero staff in 2018 (Boston)

Our role: By increasing public pressure on City Hall we helped to win a budget boost that will allow more neighborhoods to participate in Boston's Slow Streets program in 2018.

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget: Letter to the Boston City Council

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