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Vision Zero

Information about how we can all take action to improve traffic safety in Albuquerque.

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What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero is a commitment to create safer streets for all, whether walking, biking, driving, or taking transit, and regardless of age or ability. It is used around the world to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Read more about Vision Zero efforts in other cities here.

Traffic safety is an important piece of our overall effort to improve public safety. In 2018, 69 people were killed while traveling around our city. That is 69 too many of our neighbors, children, and friends. We can all take steps to improve safety on Albuquerque streets.

Vision Zero in ABQ

In May 2019, along with the Vision Zero pledge, Mayor Keller made a commitment to Vision Zero and signed an Executive Order, setting the principles of the pledge into motion administratively and committing the City of Albuquerque to work toward the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2040. View the Executive Order

We will start by developing an Action Plan, which will include opportunities for you to get involved - please stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in this process! The Action Plan and the process of developing it will be guided by the following concepts:

  • Equity
  • Education + Encouragement
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement

Talk with Your Neighbors and Get Involved in your Community at ready.gov/volunteer

What We Are Doing

We are already taking steps toward Vision Zero in our community through policy, projects, and community engagement.

  • Complete Streets Ordinance Update - In 2019, City Council adopted an update to the City’s Complete Streets Ordinance, calling for attention to both equity and safety in roadway projects. Learn More
  • Downtown Safe Zone - Since March 2019, the speed limit in downtown Albuquerque is 20mph! This initiative is intended to make our downtown more comfortable and walkable.
  • Albuquerque Police Department has sent 15 traffic officers to a 6-week crash investigation and reconstruction training and to a specialized training for investigating and reconstructing pedestrian- and bike-involved crashes.
  • Neighborhood Traffic Management Program - This program addresses speeding and cut-through traffic on local residential streets using a set of traffic-calming tools. Learn More
  • Community Events - Our community is committed to increasing awareness about traffic safety and providing opportunities for walking and biking. These include CiQlovía, Slow Roll 505, and bike valets at big community events like Balloon Fiesta and Summerfest. Learn More
  • Crosswalk Study - The City of Albuquerque is completing a study of nearly 400 crosswalks to find whether crosswalks in the city meet minimum standards, exceed minimum standards, or require further study. Learn More
  • Downtown Improvements - Mayor Tim Keller announces downtown improvements to increase walkability and bicycle friendliness. Learn More
  • Crosswalk Signal - HAWK signal near Cleveland Middle School is up and running. Learn More
  • The City invested over $7 million in improved ADA compliance, new curbs and gutters, and sidewalks in the Trumbull Village and Kirtland Community Association neighborhood. Learn More
  • International District Lights - In areas off Trumbull, the city is adding about ten new lights. Learn More
  • International District Sidewalks - Mayor Tim Keller announced a $3.5 million grant for sidewalk improvements for the Trumbull Village Neighborhood Association. Learn More

What You Can Do

Getting to zero requires a commitment from all of us to be careful and watch out for one another when we are on the road. What are some things that all of us can do?

  • Respect all other road users - we are all going somewhere, and we all have the right to get there safely.
  • Slow down - slower speeds save lives!
  • Eliminate distractions - focus on the road and look for other people using the road.
  • Stop at lights and stop signs - make a complete stop then look for other people walking, biking, and driving before proceeding.
  • Yield to people walking and biking and be extra cautious around crosswalks.
  • Never drive when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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The Data

Data-informed decision-making is a key element of any Vision Zero effort. In order to solve traffic safety problems in our community, we need to better understand the causes. We are working with our Task Force partners to compile all of the relevant data to inform our planning. Check out some of the data that those partners have available:

Who Is Involved?

City of Albuquerque Departments

  • Mayor's Office
  • City Council
  • Department of Municipal Development
  • Planning Department
  • Albuquerque Police Department
  • Office of Equity & Inclusion
  • Transit Department

Partner Agencies

  • Mid-region Metropolitan Organization / Mid-region Council of Governments
  • NM Department of Transportation
  • UNM Center for Injury Prevention Research & Education
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Bernalillo County
  • University of New Mexico
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Community Organizations