Fremont Vision Zero
- In April 2021, the Fremont City Council adopted an updated Vision Zero Action Plan. The new Action Plan report documents Fremont's approach and accomplishments from the first five years of Vision Zero implementation and introduces an updated Action Plan to further reduce major traffic crashes.
- Construction is currently underway on several major safety improvement projects including Niles Boulevard and Rancho Arroyo Parkway Safe and Complete Street Project and the Fremont Intersection Safety Improvements Project.
- Assembly Bill 43 is currently being considered in the State Senate. If passed, this bill would provide California cities with increased local control to set safe speed limits.
- In April 2020, the Fremont City Council adopted reduced speed limits on 38 street segments citywide, including portions of Ardenwood Boulevard, Blacow Road, Driscoll, Road, Fremont Boulevard, Grimmer Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Niles Boulevard, Paseo Padre Parkway, Peralta Boulevard Stevenson Boulevard, Warren Avenue, and Washington Boulevard. There is a demonstrated relationship between speeds and crash frequency and severity.
- In summer 2020, Fremont installed 30 new radar feedback signs citywide, increasing the number of these signs from 15 to 45. These signs alert drivers if they are exceeding the speed limit and collect data to assist in identifying “hot spots” for enforcement.
- 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.
Vision Zero Overview
Vision Zero is a transportation engineering approach that considers the loss of life from traffic crashes to be unacceptable and preventable and identifies safety as the highest priority for the transportation system. The bold goal of Fremont’s Vision Zero program is to eliminate fatalities and significantly reduce severe injuries. A Vision Zero approach accepts that people make mistakes and that crashes will happen, but seeks to design and operate the transportation system so that these crashes do not result in life altering injuries or death. Vision Zero cities proactively use data to address high risk locations and behaviors; integrate efforts in the areas of engineering, education, and enforcement; and use low-cost improvements to make swift safety interventions.
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.
Click here to view a video on Vision Zero 101 which provides an overview of Fremont’s Vision Zero program.
Vision Zero Program Accomplishments
Fremont is now five years in to implementing its Vision Zero Action Plan. In the three years between 2018-2020, major crashes are down 45% compared to the three years preceding policy adoption (2013-2015). Note that serious traffic crashes have increased nationally between 2015 and 2020. A variety of actions have contributed to the decline in Fremont, such as citywide brighter street lighting, citywide pedestrian countdown signals, enhanced pedestrian crossings, safer roadway striping designs, and increased enforcement of speeding and DUI.
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 a poster on its Vision Zero program at the national meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in August 2018.
- Fremont was invited to present on its Vision Zero program at the 2019 Institute of Transportation Engineers Western District meeting; the presentation was recognized as one of the best overall in the conference.
Fremont was featured in an article in the Washington Post on the spread of Vision Zero to suburban communities nationally.