Vision Zero Street Safety Program
Vision Zero is a set of strategies and an action plan with the goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries in Harrisburg by 2028, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable travel for all.
The first step is to address the serious pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues on State Street with a “rapid response” that will make physical and operational changes to State Street. At the same time, the city will develop a city-wide Vision Zero plan with the input of residents and community members.
This plan will determine how and where resources will be allocated to address problem areas across the city over the next ten years. The Vision Zero planning effort will be led by a Task Force chaired by Mayor Papenfuse. A community survey will be held on State Street on May 30 and 31, and a public meeting is scheduled for the week of June 12.
What is included in Vision Zero?
Vision Zero will develop city-wide policies and an action plan with the goal to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on Harrisburg streets by 2028. Vision Zero begins with a “rapid response” to the situation on State Street this summer, with other rapid response projects to follow. What this means is the city will identify serious design problems along State Street and design and build fast and temporary changes using paint and flexposts.
Permanent changes will come later after testing and depending upon budget. There will be community workshops and meetings that you can attend to provide input, beginning with a community survey on State Street at 17th Street on May 30 and 31. Meanwhile, the city will work on developing a comprehensive Vision Zero plan with the input of residents and community members.
City engineers will also make injury data accessible to Harrisburg residents. An injury map showing the most dangerous streets in Harrisburg will be made public.
Why is Harrisburg creating a Vision Zero Plan?
The City of Harrisburg kicked off Vision Zero in response to serious crashes involving pedestrians as well as an overall goal of improving safety on City streets. In the past two years, four pedestrians have been killed trying to cross State Street, with many other serious injuries city-wide. The Vision Zero plan will be a city-wide roadmap to zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2028, the City’s goal.
Where is the study focused?
The first phase of the study is focused along State Street, from 7th Street to Parkway Drive. The overall study will encompass all of Harrisburg, with an emphasis on commuter routes and on the most dangerous streets for pedestrians and bicyclists to use or to cross.
- Timeline of Events
- Important Documents
When does Vision Zero start and end?
- May 2018 Mayor’s Vision Zero Kickoff
- Summer 2018 State Street Rapid Response Project
- Fall 2018 Vision Zero Plan Development
- Winter 2019 Action Plan Kickoff
- Summer 2019 Vision Zero Progress Report
- Summer 2023 5-Year Update
- Summer 2028 End of Planning Period