Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a grassroots campaign with a simple goal – bring the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Learn more from the Vision Zero Network!

This effort is different from any other traffic safety campaign in several key ways:

  1. Vision Zero starts with the premise that all deaths and serious injuries on our roadways are preventable.
  2. Vision Zero provides a systematic approach to reduce the occurrence and severity of collisions.
  3. Vision Zero is data-driven. By aiming for zero deaths and serious injuries by a given date, the effectiveness of specific actions can be evaluated.
  4. Vision Zero is inclusive. While an inordinate number of fatalities and serious injuries are suffered by pedestrians and bicyclists, all users are brought together to generate solutions.

Vision Zero begins with a political commitment. To join the scores of cities across the U.S. in this movement, a Mayor must publicly commit to a Vision Zero campaign and develop a Vision Zero Action Plan with a clear time frame. To be effective, the campaign must engage a broad range of city departments – including police, transportation and public health – with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.

Bike Walk Knoxville is thrilled to announce that City Council passed a Vision Zero resolution on October 19, 2021! This resolution is a significant milestone in bringing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways down to zero, and we are so proud of the Knoxville community for making this important commitment.

We look forward to collaborating with the City Council, Mayor Kincannon and her administration, City departments, and residents from our community to establish a Vision Zero Working Group. The purpose of this Working Group will be to generate a Vision Zero Action Plan that outlines strategies, targets, and timelines to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on our roadways. The Working Group will also oversee implementation through collaborative engineering, enforcement, education, and policy-based efforts.

Vision Zero is a proven strategy to bring down the number of deaths and serious injuries on our streets. Bike Walk Knoxville would like to congratulate and thank the City Council, Mayor Kincannon and her administration for their support of Vision Zero and making the monumental commitment to bring the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries down to zero. If you would like to stay informed about Vision Zero and the important work Bike Walk Knoxville is doing to make our community a safer place to walk and bike, follow us on social media and join our mailing list!

Get Involved

If you are interested in more information about the Vision Zero movement, click the button below to find out how to get involved with our Vision Zero Committee.

Get Involved

We understand that community members are our strongest resource to create positive change in Knoxville, which is why we want to hear your stories about collisions and near misses while walking and biking.

Bryan Hill has lived in Knoxville for three years, and serves as the Vision Zero Committee Chair for Bike Walk Knoxville. In 2007, Bryan was commuting home on his bicycle when he was struck from behind by an intoxicated driver going 35 miles per hour. The collision shattered the tibia in Bryan’s right leg and resulted in severe injuries and a dramatic loss of blood. After several surgeries and months of recovery, Bryan was able to walk again and over the course of the next year got back on his bike. The situation helped transform Bryan into an amazing activist for the Vision Zero cause, because he does not want anyone else to have to experience what he went through. 

If you, like Bryan and so many others, have an experience you’d like to share with us, please send your story to our Executive Director, Lindsey Kimble, at [email protected]. By sharing our stories, as well as our concerns and our hopes, we can raise awareness for this monumental issue and be a part of making Knoxville a better place for everyone to walk, bike, and live. 

Thank you for being a part of this important process, and for supporting the work we do at Bike Walk Knoxville.