The City of Lancaster is joining cities across the world in the Vision Zero movement to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. To achieve this ambitious goal in Lancaster by 2030, we are working with our community and partners to develop a Vision Zero Action Plan to make our streets safe for all people in Lancaster.
At the center of Vision Zero is the recognition that humans make mistakes and streets should be designed to minimize the impacts of those mistakes. This is a fundamental change from the traditional traffic safety approach.
|TRADITIONAL APPROACH||VISION ZERO|
|Traffic deaths are INEVITABLE||Traffic deaths are PREVENTABLE|
|PERFECT human behavior||Integrate HUMAN FAILING into approach|
|Prevent COLLISIONS||Prevent FATAL AND SEVERE CRASHES|
|INDIVIDUAL responsibility||SYSTEMS approach|
|Saving lives is EXPENSIVE||Saving lives is NOT EXPENSIVE|
Achieving the goal of Vision Zero in Lancaster will require attention and resources. Vision Zero is based on data collection and crash analysis that will identify the causes of crashes in our community and work to prevent them. The Lancaster Vision Zero Action Plan will include a prioritized list of street improvement projects, education initiatives, city programs and proposed changes to policy.
What Are Your Concerns?
We need input from those using Lancaster streets every day. Visit the online map to mark areas with transportation safety issues and take a survey to tell us more about your experiences on Lancaster streets. The online survey is open through August 28, 2020. If you have issues accessing the survey via mobile device, please submit your feedback via email to email@example.com.
Collaboration between departments, agencies, and community members is essential to achieving Vision Zero. In addition to broader public input, the City of Lancaster’s Vision Zero Steering Committee will help shape the Vision Zero Action Plan and engagement process. A Neighborhood Advisory Committee is currently being assembled that represents all four quadrants of the City that will advise the Steering Committee.
Bob Bini, Lancaster County Planning
Alice Yoder and Nicole Bumgardner, Lancaster General Hospital
Steven Campbell, City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works
Milzy Carrasco, City of Lancaster, Department of Neighborhood Engagement
Chris Delfs, City of Lancaster, Department of Planning and Economic Development
Erin Conahan and Joe Gabryluk School District of Lancaster
Jeff Glisson, Red Rose Transit
Moises Hernandez, Franklin & Marshall student
Kirstin Krimmel, resident representative
Lt. Laser, City of Lancaster Police
Tracey Linn, Center for Traffic Safety
Tom Simpson, Franklin & Marshall
Marshal Snively, Lancaster City Alliance
Michelle Tarquino, PennDOT District 8
George Tobler, VisionCorps
The Lancaster Vision Zero Action Plan would not be possible without a grant from WalkWorks, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public health to promote active transportation through grants, education, and programming. Learn more at www.pawalkworks.com.
Who is Hurt on Lancaster’s Streets?
From 2014 and 2018, between 600-700 crashes occurred on Lancaster streets involving 1,600 people each year; 73 people were killed or suffered serious injuries. Serious injuries require immediate medical attention and emergency transport from the crash site to the hospital.
In addition, some people are more vulnerable than others when involved in a crash. Cars and trucks are designed to withstand the impacts of a crash, while human bodies walking, biking, or motorcycling don’t have that kind of built-in protection. As a result, people walking, biking, or motorcycling are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when in a crash than people in automobiles. Crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured are sometimes called KSI crashes.
Using Lancaster’s crash data, the Action Plan will identify the streets and intersections with high crash rates. These will become part of a set of prioritized street and intersection improvement recommendations that will move the city toward achieving Vision Zero.
What happens next?
The city needs input from many people, tell your friends about this planning effort by sending them this page or handing out a printed postcard.
– Keep in touch
– Planning is ongoing and we really need your input
– Important dates
– Survey / Map open dates – June 24 – August 28
– Ongoing digital presentations at neighborhood meetings
– We would love to speak to your neighborhood or community group at an upcoming meeting –
Invite us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
– Draft plan for public review will be available in September 2020
– The Final Plan will be presented to Lancaster City Council for adoption in November 2020