Over the course of seven months at the end of 2014 and through early 2015, an alarming series of crashes between drivers and people walking occurred in and around Columbia. These crashes killed four people while walking and injured at least six other pedestrians.
In response, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid established the Mayor's Task Force on Pedestrian Safety in May 2015. The Task Force was charged with providing the City government with recommendations on how to reduce crashes between drivers and people walking.
PedNet Coalition shared with the Task Force the philosophy of Vision Zero, which has proven to be successful in reducing not just pedestrian crashes, but all traffic deaths and serious injuries overall.
The Task Force released its final report to City Council in March 2016. The top recommendation of the Task Force report was to adopt a Vision Zero policy. The Task Force structured all its other specific strategy recommendations within the framework of Vision Zero.
PedNet Coalition’s successful advocacy resulted in the unanimous adoption of Vision Zero by Columbia City Council in December 2016. See the details of the Vision Zero Action Plan and progress towards the goal of zero at CoMoVisionZero.org.
In April 2017, the Vision Zero project team finalized the Vision Zero Action Plan for 2017-2020. This is the set of strategies that the team and community partners will carry out over the next 3 years to allow Columbia to reach zero.