Fremont Vision Zero 2020

What’s new?

  • Fremont’s Vision Zero efforts to improve transportation safety are paying dividends. Fremont has seen major traffic crashes (crashes resulting in a loss of life or life-altering injury) decline by more than 30 percent since adopting its Vision Zero policy (comparing 2013-2015 vs 2016-2019)
  • 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)

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 2020 program is to eliminate fatalities and significantly reduce severe injuries by 2020.  A Vision Zero approach seeks to design and operate the transportation system so that 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 four years in to implementing its Vision Zero Action Plan.  In the years following Vision Zero adoption, major crashes are down thirty percent compared to the years preceding policy adoption.  Note that serious traffic crashes have increased nationally between 2015 and 2018.  A variety of actions have contributed to the decline in Fremont, such as citywide brighter street lighting, citywide pedestrian countdown signals, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and increased enforcement of speeding and DUI.

Fremont Crash Trend Chart

Vision Zero Action Plan

Fremont’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes actions in the areas of Safer Streets, Safer People, and Safer Vehicles.  

Actions for 2018-2020

Actions for 2018-2020
Click on the pictures below for more information on recently completed and upcoming safety projects and actions in these areas.
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. 
  • 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.