The Vision Zero Driver Pledge
No loss of life is acceptable.
More than 400 people are killed on our region’s roads every year. That’s too many.
One is too many.
We can’t eliminate traffic deaths unless we think about the way we travel throughout the city, whether it’s via car, scooter, bicycle, or on foot. So, don’t just take this Vision Zero pledge—take it to heart. Think about it when you’re moving about the District.
The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, launched the city’s Vision Zero goals in 2015 to demonstrate our commitment to saving lives on the District’s streets. Vision Zero is an all-hands-on-deck approach to transportation safety. By the year 2024, Washington, DC has a goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.
As a traveller of the Washington, DC region, I pledge to contribute to the collective well-being, health, and safety of our community. I will intentionally:
- Know and abide by the rules of the road – obey all traffic signals and signs that apply to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians;
- Refrain from aggressive driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving;
- Prioritize people above punctuality by planning; and
- Protect our most vulnerable users by behaving appropriately for an urban, multi-modal environment.
Easy Steps to Honor Your Pledge:
- Obey the speed limit. Speed is the single biggest factor in whether a crash is fatal. Good news - it’s entirely in your control to drive slower!
- Don’t move about the city distracted. Ignore your phone when driving, cycling, or walking. Keep your attention where it needs to be - on what’s happening around you.
- Look out for others. Roads are shared public space, so expect to accommodate other people. When you’re travelling throughout the city, it’s your responsibility to negotiate space in a way that is comfortable and safe, both for you and for everyone else on the road.