Fremont Vision Zero 2020

What’s new?

  • Fremont’s Vision Zero efforts to improve transportation safety are paying dividends. Fremont has seen a more than 50 percent drop in serious traffic crashes since adopting its Vision Zero policy (2018 vs. 2015)
  • Wondering what all those new pavement markings mean? View our videos and brochure that explains how to use new types of roadway striping and traffic control devices.
  • Do some of Fremont’s travel lanes on recently striped streets feel narrower?  Fremont has moved to a 10-foot travel lane width standard, which has proven safety and speed management benefits, as part of its Vision Zero action to tame high-speed arterials.
  • Fremont has installed its first "protected intersection" at BART Way and Civic Center Drive.  Click here to view a brochure on how to use this new type of intersection.
  • Fremont’s first pedestrian signal is now live at Mowry/Waterside.  Click here to view a fact sheet sheet and here to view a video about how to use this new type of pedestrian signal (as both a motorist and a pedestrian)

Program overview

Vision Zero is a transportation engineering approach that 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 bold goal of Fremont’s Vision Zero 2020 program is to eliminate fatalities and significantly reduce severe injuries by 2020.  Click here to view a video on Vision Zero 101 which provides an overview of Fremont’s Vision Zero program.

The Fremont City Council approved a Vision Zero policy in September 2015 and Action Plan in March 2016. With these actions, Fremont became the 7th city in the U.S. (and the first midsized city) to adopt a Vision Zero action plan, making it a leader in a growing national movement. 

Fremont is now three years into implementing its Vision Zero Action Plan and has seen a more than fifty percent reduction in serious traffic crashes, including those that result in a life-altering injury or a fatality. Note that serious traffic crashes have increased in the Bay Area and nationally during this period. A variety of actions have contributed to this decline, such as citywide brighter street lighting, citywide pedestrian countdown signals, and increased enforcement of speeding and DUI.

Fremont Crash Trend Chart

Action plan for 2018 to 2020

Fremont has a number of actions planned for 2018 to 2020 to achieve even deeper reductions in serious traffic crashes. Check out the Safer Streets, Safer People, and Safer Vehicles pages for more information on upcoming safety projects and actions in these areas.

Actions for 2018-2020

Actions for 2018-2020
Safer Streets
Safer People
Safer Vehicles


Fremont’s Vision Zero program has received recognition from a number of national-level professional organizations:

  • The Vision Zero Network, a national organization promoting efforts to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries across the country, featured Fremont in a webinar and a Q&A blog.
  • Fremont was invited to present on a panel with San Francisco, New York, and Seattle about Vision Zero at the Transportation Research Board’s 2018 Annual Meeting.  View the presentation.
  • Fremont was invited to present a poster on its Vision Zero program at the national meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in August 2018.