Medical Minute: Improving Traffic Safety in Columbus
Columbus streets play a critical role in our lives. They take us to work, to school and to services. Whether we are biking, walking or driving, we all have a right to get to our destination — and to get home — safely. The rise in serious injuries and fatalities on our streets from traffic crashes is not acceptable. That is why Columbus has joined Vision Zero, a growing global movement that seeks to eliminate all serious injuries and fatalities on our transportation network. OhioHealth is proud to be helping the City of Columbus with this important initiative.
Vision Zero fundamentally changes the approach to traffic safety by holistically looking at the transportation system — using input from our local government agencies, institutions and residents to consider all transportation modes including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Vision Zero's goal is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all residents and visitors.
How is Vision Zero Different?
- Vision Zero takes a shift in mindset and a change of priorities to protect human lives over all other objectives of the transportation system.
- Vision Zero proactively identifies risk by analyzing data and identifying high crash locations to create a High Injury Network. This will allow us to focus resources for these high crash locations.
- Outreach and evaluation for equitable infrastructure changes will begin in these locations. Best practices and lessons learned will be applied citywide.
How You Can Help Make a Difference
You can learn more about Vision Zero Columbus, as well as take the survey and mark the map by clicking here or on the image below. Results from the survey and map will help the City of Columbus and its partners take steps to reduce serious injuries and traffic fatalities in Columbus. There are also additional resources to share with your family, friends and coworkers under the "downloads" tab on this page.