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.

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

The cover of the City of Albuquerque Vision Zero Action Plan. There is a photo of people walking in a street decorated for ABQ CiQlovia in the bottom left corner, with colored blocks around it and the title: "The Action Plan 2021".

In May 2021, the City of Albuquerque released it's Vision Zero Action, which lays out steps that the City, working with agency and community partners, will take to reduce traffic fatalities and make our streets safer. Read the Vision Zero Action Plan

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

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. This is some of the data that we use to help guide our work:

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.
  • Road Safety Assessment - In the summer of 2020, with support from the Federal Highways Administration, the City conducted a Pedestrian Road Safety Assessment on Louisiana Boulevard south of Lomas to identify projects that will increase safety and make it easier to walk and bike in this area. Read the report
  • 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. Read the Study here and view a Story Map of findings for each school here
  • 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 worked with community groups and residents interested in this initiative to identify locations where this kind of safe socially-distanced outdoor space would 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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Focus on Youth

 

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Focus on Youth

Who Is Involved?

City of Albuquerque Departments

  • Mayor's Office
  • City Council
  • Department of Municipal Development
  • Transit Department
  • Albuquerque Police Department
  • Parks & Recreation Department
  • Planning Department
  • Environmental Health Department/Sustainability Office
  • Risk Management
  • Office of Equity & Inclusion
  • Economic Development Department

Partners

  • 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 Sustainability Office
  • Community Organizations