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Vision Zero#

Eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries#

What is Vision Zero?#

A person putting flowers on a bicycle painted white.

Roadside memorials and ghost bikes mark fatal traffic crashes. This ghost bike at Vine and Jerome memorializes a local bicyclist.

"Vision Zero" represents a commitment by the City of Fort Collins to work toward a total of zero fatal or serious-injury crashes on the city's transportation network. Design, safety, and consideration of all modes of travel all play a part in this effort, and the City has included Vision Zero principles in long-range transportation plans.

How is Fort Collins working toward Vision Zero?

The City of Fort Collins is currently developing a Vision Zero Action Plan, which is now in draft form. The plan identifies 10 specific actions for the City to take in the next 10 years to achieve Vision Zero and eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the city’s transportation network.

The draft plan takes a data-driven approach to identify crash trends and develop a High-Injury Network (HIN) where a disproportionate number of crashes led to fatalities and serious injuries. The actions in the Plan address safety issues in these crash trends and the HIN.

How was the draft plan developed?

The Fort Collins Vision Zero Action Plan is being developed by City staff across multiple departments. A Technical Advisory Group that represents a diverse cross-section of the Fort Collins government and local and statewide organizations was formed to guide the development of the plan and prioritize action items.

Feedback from the Fort Collins community over the years has also strongly influenced the development of the plan. This includes presentations to, and feedback from, various City boards and committees and outreach efforts for previous plans of the Fort Collins’ transportation system. Interrelated City planning documents include the Active Modes Plan and the Transportation Capital Projects Prioritization Study

How can I participate?

You can review the draft Vision Zero Action Plan below and provide feedback through Jan. 13, 2023. 

What's next?

Following the comment period, the draft plan will go to City Council. If adopted, it will become a guiding planning document for City and the plan's recommendations will be incorporated into City departments and initiatives. 

Why now?

Safety for all modes of transportation has always been a guiding principle for the City of Fort Collins. Vision Zero and the draft action plan reflect the City's ongoing commitment to safety and will influence future decision making and funding opportunities. 

Questions about Vision Zero? Contact Rachel Ruhlen (970) 416-2040

Draft Action Plan#

The draft Vision Zero Action Plan was open for public comment until Jan. 13, 2023.
The latest draft is available at this link. It is currently under revision to incorporate feedback received.

Review the Draft

Share Your Story#

As part of our Vision Zero Plan, we would like to include personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by traffic-related deaths or serious injury crashes. Please consider sharing your story with us. We will not share the information you provide without your consent.

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Further Reading: High Injury Network#

Map of crashes overlaid with the High Injury Network

Interactive High Injury Network Map

The Vision Zero Action Plan identified road segments in Fort Collins that had the greatest share of fatal and serious injury crashes. These segments together are referred to as the High Injury Network.

This network is based on a geospatial analysis of crash data from 2017 through 2021.

Arterial roads represent 75 percent of the HIN, collector roads represent 14 percent, and local streets represent only 11 percent. The HIN includes just 10 percent of the roads in Fort Collins, however, those roads account for 40 percent of all of the fatal and serious crashes.

You can view the HIN map in the draft action plan and at the link below.

View the map

Existing Work Toward Vision Zero#

Traffic Safety#

The City's Traffic Operations Department is committed to its goal in achieving Vision Zero. As stated in the 2021 Safety in the City report, "making progress towards Vision Zero requires a dedicated effort that focuses on actual safety and utilizes a systems-based approach that is a continuous process of data, evaluation, prioritization, countermeasures, implementation, and evaluation. The mitigation strategies should specifically target a reduction of crashes."

This report is available at the link below and in addition to traffic and crash data, features a Vision Zero Action Plan for the City.

Additional traffic safety information for the city is available at 

View the 2021 Safety in the City report

City Planning#

City planning documents include Vision Zero principles. Learn more about some of these recent efforts below.

Transportation Capital Projects Prioritization Study

Transportation Capital Projects Prioritization Study was an effort by the City to analyze safety and congestion data for intersections and arterial roadways within Fort Collins and its Growth Management Area in unincorporated Larimer County. The study provided a prioritized project list to guide the City and County as they develop capital improvement plans and seek funding to improve the transportation network. 

Public engagement was completed in early 2022. The final study is available here.

Learn more about TCPPS

Bicycle & Pedestrian Grade Separated Crossings Study

In 2018, the City completed its Bicycle & Pedestrian Grade Separated Crossings Study, which is meant to help the City prioritize bicycle and pedestrian grade separated crossings to increase safety and reduce conflicts among modes of travel.

The study established an approach to prioritize candidate bicycle and pedestrian grade separation locations to direct future investment towards locations that need it most using a data driven approach using both data and engineering judgment. The prioritization process included:
• Crossing opportunities identification
• Evaluation criteria identification and definition
• Data compilation
• Screening and prioritization according to the benefits generated for the bicycle network and
the community.

Read the GSC Study

Active Modes Plan#

Active Modes Plan

Fort Collins' FC Moves Department, which covers transportation planning in the city, released its draft Active Modes Plan in 2022. The plan combines the City's 2011 Pedestrian Plan and the 2014 Bicycle Plan into one planning document. The goal is to make it easy, safe, and attractive for people of all ages and abilities to use active modes of transportation.

View the draft plan at this link or visit the project website to learn more about the Active Modes Plan.

Learn more about the Active Modes Plan

Vision Zero in Other Communities#

Numerous cities, counties, states, and countries have made similar commitments under the Vision Zero banner since Sweden became the first country to make such a commitment in 1997.

Elsewhere in Colorado, several of our neighboring communities also have Vision Zero initiatives, including Denver, Boulder, and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also began its "Moving Toward Zero Deaths" initiative in 2015, and in 2016, Fort Collins was the first municipality to join the initiative.

Read Fort Collins' 2016 Zero Deaths Proclamation