The Boca Raton City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 122-2022 on October 25, 2022, designating the City of Boca Raton as a "Vision Zero City." The resolution directs City staff to create a Vision Zero Action Plan to establish a goal of no severe traffic injuries or fatalities.
The state of Florida is ranked as one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, with over 3,200 people statewide and nearly 200 people in Palm Beach County dying annually on roadways.
To achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and reducing traffic crashes, the Vision Zero Action Plan will feature:
Adopting a safe system approach for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians
Equitable engineering, enforcement and education
data-driven decision making
social equity considerations in road safety planning and implementation
On February 1, 2023, the City of Boca Raton was awarded a grant of $300,000 in federal funding from the US Department of Transportation to support the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan using the Safe System Approach.
The new $800 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program is a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) which will provide $5 billion over five years for regional, local, and Tribal initiatives to prevent deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways.
The City will use the award to develop a comprehensive safety action plan with the goal of eliminating fatalities and reduce serious injuries due to traffic accidents.