Vision Zero in Norfolk

Each year in Norfolk, there is a steady number of fatal and non-fatal pedestrian Norfolk Vision Zero logo imageand bicycle crashes along all types of roads. In 2020, 25 people were killed in traffic-related incidents on our streets. On average, six pedestrians or bicyclists are killed in Norfolk every year. These crash statistics highlight the need for a safer approach to transportation as well as better street design to boost the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

In 2019, Norfolk City Council adopted a Vision Zero policy as a strategy to eliminate all pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries and to make the city’s streets safer for all users.

Read Norfolk’s Vision Zero Resolution

Multimodal Transportation Master Plan

Norfolk's Vision Zero Policy has also played a significant role in the planning and Norfolk Multimodal Transportation Master Plan logo imagedevelopment of the City’s first Multimodal Transportation Master Plan. The Multimodal Plan takes a comprehensive look at Norfolk’s transportation network and identifies ways to expand travel choices in a safe and convenient way for bicyclists, scooter users, bus riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. Ensuring the safety of these vulnerable road users is a key goal of this master plan and directly aligns with the City’s Vision Zero policy.

Visit Norfolk’s Multimodal Transportation Master Plan project webpage 

Vision Zero Strategies

In coordination with the City of Norfolk Bicycling, Pedestrian, and Active Transportation Commission, we developed a list of strategies to guide local actions and decisions. Three overarching themes have been identified – Improve data collection & evaluation, Create safe streets for all users, and Foster a culture of safety. Each theme lists several strategies that the City will undertake to improve road safety and to help raise awareness of Vision Zero in Norfolk. *Note: Some of the strategies listed will depend on funding availability.

Goal, Themes & Strategies

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Zero is the Goal

We're dedicated to taking a safe systems and data-driven approach to improve road safety and to reduce the frequency and severity of traffic crashes. We've started taking steps towards our Vision Zero goal by identifying areas in need of safety improvements such as reducing speeds and installing better pedestrian accommodations. We're also utilizing data and educational tools as further support for other street safety improvements. Visit the Data: How are we doing? and Educational Resources pages for more information.

Here is what we're currently doing:

Looking to the future

Action Plans are action-driven implementation plans that lay the groundwork for communities to move from vision to action while being responsive to the context and needs of the community. The goal of an Action Plan is to develop a holistic, well-defined strategy to prevent roadway fatalities and serious injuries in a locality.

The Department of Transportation plans to apply for the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program, specifically for an Action Plan grant. To learn more about this grant opportunity, please visit