Santa Monica is serious about the safety of all who live,
work, and play here, and this extends to all users of our roads, sidewalks, and
bikeways. The City has been making improvements to enhance user comfort and
reduce conflicts. This ongoing work takes many forms; for example, speed limits
were reduced in January 2018 adjacent to four schools to protect our youth, with
changes coming to other schools soon.
Despite our best efforts, there was an uptick in roadway
fatalities in 2017. There were 9 fatalities, the most since 2006. The City is
taking proactive steps to eliminate all fatal and severe injury crashes on our
streets by committing to Vision Zero. Joining cities across America in this
pledge, Santa Monica will strive to make these tragic incidents a thing of the
past by redesigning our roads, reducing unsafe speeds, educating the public,
and focusing enforcement efforts on the behaviors and locations that are most
commonly involved in serious collisions.
Please do your part by following the rules of the road and
treating one another with courtesy and compassion as you travel, because we all
deserve to arrive at our destination safely.
The City Council committed to
the goal of eliminating all fatal and severe crashes in Santa Monica with the
adoption of the Pedestrian Action Plan in February 2016, of which Vision Zero is the number
one goal. The Pedestrian Action Plan was the result of extensive public
outreach, including two community meetings, an online forum, and over 600
While pedestrians are particularly
affected by crashes, they are not the only ones at risk. This is why Vision
Zero will improve the safety for all road users, including drivers.
Workshops, Meetings, Presentations and Milestones
February 27, 2018 Staff
Jason Kligier, AICP
Principal Transportation Planner