Fremont Vision Zero 2020

Vision Zero considers the loss of life from traffic crashes as unacceptable and preventable, and identifies safety as the highest priority for the design and operation of the transportation system.  The goal of Fremont Vision Zero 2020 is to significantly reduce fatalities and severe injuries by 2020. 

Vision Zero Spotlight

Traffic Safety Videos

View our instructional how-to traffic safety videos on how to safely use new street signs, pavement markings, and bike lanes on Fremont's streets.

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Vision Zero Traffic Safety  How-To Brochure

In an effort to improve safety for all roadway users, the City of Fremont is installing new traffic control devices, pavement markings, and infrastructure treatments. This informational brochure provides tips on how motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should use these new treatments.  

Page 1:  Learn more about how to use Pedestrian Signals (HAWK signals) and Flashing Beacons

Fremont Vision Zero Brochure Page 1

Page 2:  View more information on how to use Buffered Bike Lanes, Separated Bike Lanes, Sharrows, Green Bike Lanes, and Advance Yield Markings ("Sharks Teeth") and Striped Medians

Fremont Vision Zero Brochure Page 2

Background on Vision Zero

Fremont is already recognized as a leader in traffic safety among large cities in California and in the nation. However, from 2014-2016, there were 20 fatalities and 76 severe injury collisions from traffic crashes in Fremont.   

Major Traffic Crash Trends
The Fremont City Council approved Vision Zero as its traffic safety policy in September 2015.  In March 2016, the Vision Zero 2020 Status Report and Action Plan was approved, making Fremont the 7th city in the U.S. to adopt a Vision Zero Action Plan.  Actions completed from 2016-2017 include installing pedestrian countdown signals citywide, upgrading the City's 16,000 streetlight lights to LED technology, and creating low-cost instructional how-to safety videos.  


Actions Completed 2016-2017

Actions Completed 2016-2017
Since the start of the Vision Zero program, major traffic crashes decreased by 27%. Initial Results comparing factors before and after Vision Zero showed a 44% reduction in major crashes involving pedestrians with a correlation between types of collisions/actions in years 1 and 2.  

Initial Results

Initial Results
With the completion of several Action items from 2014-2016, the Vision Zero Action Planorganized around the themes of Safer Streets, Safer People, and Safer Vehicles was updated to reflect action items moving forward for 2018-2020

Actions for 2018-2020

Actions for 2018-2020

Safer Streets

The goal of the Safer Streets program is to re-engineer Fremont’s transportation system to safely accommodate all travel modes, ages, and abilities, and to calm traffic speeds so that the consequence of traffic crashes does not result in the loss of life.  View our completed projects and upcoming improvements as part of Vision Zero program for 2018.
Safer Streets

Safer People

The Vision Zero actions related to Safer People are focused on enhancing enforcement and education programs. Watch our instructional videos on how to use green and buffered bike lanes and interacting with new pavement markings and street signs out on Fremont's streets.
Safer People

Safer Vehicles

The Safer Vehicles category promotes the use of crash avoidance technology in vehicles. 
Safer Vehicles

Latest Press

A Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050

The report, A Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050, is the first of its kind in the U.S. and was developed by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution, in partnership with the Road to Zero Coalition, which is led by the National Safety Council and includes the U.S. Department of Transportation amongst other influential partners. 

Fremont is one of just over 30 local communities across the nation who have committed to Vision Zero, which is based on the Safe Systems approach, and which the new Road to Zero report calls “a “powerful tool for achieving the changes needed to reach zero roadway deaths.” Fremont was the 7th city in the nation to adopt a Vision Zero Action Plan and has received national recognition as a leader among mid-sized cities in the Vision Zero movement.

Fremont Recognized as a Leader for its Vision Zero 2020 Efforts

The City of Fremont’s Vision Zero Team was recognized by the Vision Zero Network, a national organization promoting efforts to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries across the country, for accomplishments with the Fremont Vision Zero 2020 Program. Public Works Director Hans Larsen was recently interviewed for a Q&A blog on how a medium-sized city can implement a successful Vision Zero program by collaborating across multiple City departments and prioritizing safety in decision making and resource allocation without a large budget. Hans was also the featured speaker in a webinar hosted by the Vision Zero network on how Fremont is a national model for other medium-sized cities looking to adopt Vision Zero.

In addition, the City of Fremont was recently invited to present on its Vision Zero program at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.  Fremont was the only mid-size city invited to present as part of a panel that also featured San Francisco, New York, and Seattle.  View the presentation. 

Fremont’s Efforts to Address Traffic Congestion

The City of Fremont and many of our Bay Area partners have several transportation projects in the pipeline to help make traffic conditions more tolerable for the Fremont community and the region. View Fremont's efforts to address traffic congestion for more information.  Also, view more information about SB1 is a new source of State funding to enhance highway, transit, and local roads statewide. $4.9 Million in SB 1 funds are dedicated to projects that began this summer through early 2019.  

School Safety Improvements

The City ‘s Transportation and Street Maintenance Divisions are partnering to implement “short-term” improvements such as high visibility crosswalks, new stop signs, and “quick build” curb extensions. The City will complete short-term improvements at 20 schools in 2018 and 20 schools in 2019. View more information on school safety assessments.

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    Alina Kwak
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    City of Fremont