Vision Zero Santa Monica

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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 in-person surveys.

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.

Upcoming Workshops, Meetings, Presentations and Milestones

February 27, 2018 Staff Report

City Contact

Jason Kligier, AICP

Principal Transportation Planner