Vision Zero

Updated on 1/4/24

What Is Vision Zero? Why is it Needed?

Vision Zero is a commitment to end traffic deaths. In September 2017, Durham joined a global network of Vision Zero cities and became one of the first cities in North Carolina to officially adopt a Vision Zero program. This is because, on average, 26 people die in crashes in Durham County each year. The Vision Zero resolution approved in 2017 by the Durham City Council affirmed the City’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries. Since that time, the City of Durham and its partners have worked to implement projects and programs aligned with Vision Zero, such as traffic calming guidelines, improved transit infrastructure, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities.                 

In 2024, the City of Durham will significantly progress toward developing a Vision Zero strategy. This may include policy updates to align priorities with the Safe Systems approach, sharing relevant data, like project updates and crash trends, and convening partners to inform and refine strategic approaches to street safety. The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization won a Safe Streets for All grant to develop a regional Safety Action Plan and will seek to find a consultant in early 2024. The City of Durham will be a key stakeholder in this process.


Slowing motor vehicle traffic is key to achieving the goals of Vision Zero. The City of Durham has created Traffic Calming Guidelines to help residents understand low- versus high-cost traffic calming treatments, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment. To request traffic calming in your neighborhood, please contact Leslie Tracey

Vision Zero E-Brochure 2017

VZ Durham