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Vision Zero

Federal regulations require the TPA to annually adopt safety targets for each of five safety performance measures.  In February 2018 and again in 2019 and 2020 the TPA Governing Board adopted targets of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. The TPA created a Vision Zero Action Plan to progress toward these targets. For more information on Vision Zero visit visionzeronetwork.org

Vision Zero Action Plan

The Palm Beach TPA adopted a Vision Zero Action Plan on April 18, 2019. Vision Zero promotes a culture of safety grounded in six key principles:

  • Traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries are preventable and unacceptable
  • Human life takes priority over mobility
  • Human error is inevitable, so the transportation system should allow for it to happen without death or serious injury
  • A system-level approach to safety should be adopted to effect change
  • Safe human behaviors, education, and enforcement are essential contributors to a safe system
  • High speed is a primary cause of traffic death and serious injury; it should be managed with sensitivity to vulnerable road users. 

Palm Beach TPA Vision Zero Progress Report January 2020

In December 2019, the TPA held a Vision Zero Workshop focused on the following objectives: 

  • Build understanding and support for Vision Zero amongst TPA stakeholders;
  • Encourage local governments to consider the Vision Zero approach;
  • Share opportunities to access TPA as a resource for advancing safe mobility efforts; and
  • Identify next steps for action and foster interest in solutions.

A Vision Zero Workshop Summary Report was prepared after the workshop covering these objectives. 

The guidelines of becoming a Vision Zero Community can be found here

For more information about the TPA's Vision Zero efforts, contact Andrew Uhlir at AUhlir@PalmBeachTPA.org

What about Local Roads?

Palm Beach County recently created a Local Road Safety Plan as a pilot project with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

What about Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety?

In 2016, the Palm Beach TPA conducted a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study to formally analyze five years of pedestrian and bicyclist crash data in Palm Beach County and develop evidence based recommendations for safety countermeasures, educational strategies, and performance targets.  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study was approved by the Palm Beach TPA Governing Board on February 16, 2017.  Click here to view the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study: At-A-Glance

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study provides information to transportation professionals and community stakeholders intended to result in positive outcomes for nonmotorized safety. Transportation agencies and local government staff can use the document to understand typical crash patterns, identify whether an upcoming project may be within a high crash area, select optimal safety countermeasures, work toward the common goal of implementing countermeasures, and working toward achieving safety targets.

Palm Beach County Road Safety Audits (RSA):

2019 August RSA Lake Worth Rd. fr. Raulerson Dr. to Douglas Dr. 

2019 August RSA US-1 (Broadway Ave) fr. 45th St. to 59th St. US-1 (North Dixie Hwy) from Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. to 25th St.

2017 April RSA SR-A1A (Ocean Blvd) Bridge fr. E. Camino Real to Beach Club Way

2017 April RSA SR-A1A (Ocean Blvd) fr. Boca Highland Beach Club to Northern Town Limits

2016 October RSA SR-704 (Okeechobee Blvd) fr. Vista Parkway to Stafford Ave.

2015 March RSA Boynton Beach Blvd. fr. SR-7 to Lyons Rd.

2015 October RSA SR-704 (Okeechobee Blvd) fr. Florida Ave. to Rosemary Ave.

2015 November RSA I-95 fr. Glades Rd. to Congress Ave.


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