Vision Zero is making Lancaster City streets safer for everyone in our community, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists!
What is Vision Zero?
The City of Lancaster has joined cities across the world in the Vision Zero movement to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. To achieve this ambitious goal in Lancaster by 2030, we developed a Vision Zero Action Plan (PDF) with our community and partners to make our streets safe for all people in Lancaster. Now, we’re working to implement that plan!
At the center of Vision Zero is the recognition that humans make mistakes and streets should be designed to minimize the impacts of those mistakes. This is a fundamental change from the traditional traffic safety approach.
Vision Zero Action Plan
The Vision Zero Action Plan was adopted by City Council on November 24, 2020. The Action Plan provides a summary of the goals of the plan, citywide crash data, the public input process and a set of comprehensive recommendations to move Lancaster towards its vision of zero fatalities and serious injuries on its streets by 2030.
To view the Action Plan, click here (PDF).
Vision Zero Projects on Engage Lancaster
WHAT IS INTERSECTION DAYLIGHTING?
Per Pennsylvania law, it is illegal to park in a crosswalk, in an intersection, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, and within 30 feet of any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or other traffic-control signal.
Since it is illegal to park within 20-30 feet of a crosswalk or intersection, we can use this space to make everyone in our community (pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists) safer by making it easier to see and reducing blind spots. This method of improving safety is called intersection daylighting.
Without intersection daylighting, motorists have blind spots caused by parked cars, which limit the field of view from their vehicles; and pedestrians have similar blind spots when vehicles park too close to crosswalks and intersections.
By enforcing parking laws with paint, white posts, and other traffic control devices we can reduce or eliminate blind spots, making streets safer for everyone who uses them regardless of their method of transportation.
Crash Data Dashboard
This interactive tool allows the user to view traffic crashes that occurred in the past on the streets of Lancaster. The user can search by crash year or a series of years, and whether the crash occurred at an intersection or along a block. Additional data includes the number of serious injury and fatal crashes (KSI) by year, month, day and hour; and the severity of crashes, type of crash, mode of transit, and vulnerable user.