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Vision Zero

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

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.

Traffic safety is an important piece of our overall effort to improve public safety. In 2019, 76 people were killed while traveling around our city. That is 76 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, Mayor Keller made a commitment to Vision Zero and signed an Executive Order committing the City of Albuquerque to work toward the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2040. View the Executive Order

We are drafting Vision Zero Action Plan and would like your input!

Take the Survey Vision Zero Action Plan cabq.gov/visionzero

Toma la Encuesta Plan de Accion Visino Zero cabq.gov/visionzero

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.

  • Road Improvements - Over $300,000 invested in Complete Streets restriping projects that slow down traffic and enhance bike lanes; $1.2 million in ADA compliance upgrades; and safety incorporated into roadway redesign and signal programming throughout Albuquerque. Redesign projects like road buffets, roundabouts, and other traffic calming measures help make roadways safer for all users. In September 2020, $4 million in transportation tax bonds were approved to be dedicated to Vision Zero projects.
  • Policy Updates - 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
  • School Crossings - conducted school crossing study, installing HAWK and RRFB signals at school crossings based on study recommendations, and refreshing crosswalks and signage near schools. Learn More
  • Downtown Safety - 20 mph speed limit downtown and improvements to increase walkability and bike friendliness throughout downtown. Learn More
  • Prioritized Investment - The City invested over $7 million in Southeast Albuquerque for improved ADA compliance, curb and gutter, sidewalks, and lighting. Learn More
  • Law Enforcement Training - Crash investigation and reconstruction training, including specialized training for investigating and reconstructing pedestrian- and bike-involved crashes for APD traffic enforcement officers.
  • Neighborhood Traffic Management Program - This program implements traffic calming tools to address speeding and cut-through traffic on local residential streets. Learn More
  • Community Events - Our community is committed to increasing awareness about traffic safety and providing opportunities for walking and biking in our communities. These include CiQlovía and Slow Roll 505, and bike valets at big community events like Balloon Fiesta and Summerfest.
  • Active Streets - In response to COVID-19, City Council created an Active Streets Initiative via R-59 and R-87 to facilitate safe, socially distanced outdoor recreation, transportation, and commercial food and beverage service. City staff have worked with community groups and residents interested in this initiative to identify locations where providing this kind of safe socially-distanced outdoor space will provide the most benefit to residents where access to parks is limited. 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. Here’s how you can help:

  • Take the Albuquerque Safe Streets Pledge.
  • 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 crossings.
  • 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
  • Parks & Recreation Department
  • Risk Management
  • Transit Department
  • Office of Equity & Inclusion
  • Economic Development Department
  • Environmental Health Department/Climate Action Plan

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
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Community Organizations