What is Vision Zero Prince Georges?
The Importance of Vision Zero
The County Executive launched Vision Zero Prince George's on July 25, 2019 as a countywide strategy to eliminate traffic-related serious injuries and deaths by 2040. Led by the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, Vision Zero can be achieved through a holistic approach that brings together different stakeholders within the community to work toward zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.
Prince George’s County recognizes that the loss of even one life or serious injury on our roads is unacceptable. The data-driven approach of Vision Zero reveals that vehicle crashes are predictable, and thus preventable. Crash data shows that there is a clear need for safety improvements on our roadways. The key to success in achieving vision Zero is a combined approach using the six essential elements for a safe transportation system.
Six Elements of the Vision Zero Strategy:
- Emergency Response
Prince George’s County is using a multifaceted approach to create a safe transportation system. We have developed the Vision Zero Action Plan as a roadmap to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways. The Action plan is data-driven, innovative, and action-oriented and builds on the Prince George's County Strategic Roadway Safety Plan 2017 - 2020.
- Vision Zero Traffic Garden for Children
- Bike to Work Day 2021
- Vision Zero Grab and Go at Highland Park Elementary School
- Langley Park Improvements
- Vision Zero Presentation to County Council
The County’s first Traffic Garden opened for public use on May 21, 2021 (Bike to Work Day) at the Perrywood Elementary School in Upper Marlboro. The Department of Public Works and Transportation, in partnership with M-NCPPC Parks Division and Prince George’s County Public Schools, installed the mini streetscape and we would like to build more traffic gardens later this year.
A Traffic Garden provides children and families a fun space to learn the rules of the road away from street traffic. Children can use scooters, bicycles, wheelchairs, or walk on the small scale streets and road features like pedestrian crosswalks, roundabout, and railroad crossing. We invite kids and families to visit the Traffic Garden when the Perrywood Elementary school is not in session to learn valuable bicycle safety skills and have fun.
May is National Bike Month and 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Region. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association coordinated Bike to Work Day 2021 at 94 bicycle pit stops in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region including 10 pit stops throughout Prince George’s County. The Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) and the Department of Parks and Recreation of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) supported bike to work day by co-hosting a Bike to Work Day pit stop at the Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
640 Cyclists registered for Bike to Work Day events at 10 pit stops in Prince George's County. 125 participants registered for the Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center pit stop. DPW&T and M-NCPPC also partnered to install Prince George’s County’s first Children's Traffic Safety Garden at Perrywood Elementary School. The Traffic Safety Garden was unveiled on Bike to Work Day.
On June 4, 2021, Highland Elementary School students in Landover received materials about the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety. DPW&T delivered Vision Zero Prince George's Grab and Go Bags to Sandra Weinstein, the School Nurse. Nurse Weinstein shared that "the students loved the bags and contents!" and noted that the children read over the safety tips and pledge during the class day. Traffic engineers will also review the nearby roadways and signage and evaluate the site for potential safety enhancements.
The Langley Park Area CASA Crime Prevention Coalition Project included beautification and pedestrian safety improvements along 14th Ave, 15th Ave, and Kanawha St. Specific improvements included: new sidewalks with wide walkways, lighting improvements, mid-block crossings, new crosswalks, and landscaping improvements. These improvements are aimed to improve pedestrian safety and walkability in Langley Park, and they are consistent with Vision Zero – a countywide strategy to make roads safer for all roadway users.
Informational Vision Zero Brochures
Neighborhood Traffic Management Program
The Department of Public Works and Transportation is responsible for over 2,000 miles of arterial, collector, and residential roadways. To provide greater traffic safety for all roadway users, DPW&T implements the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
The Neighborhood Traffic Management Program helps reduce speeds and impacts of cut-through traffic on residential streets, while preserving access for emergency vehicles, buses, and other users. Traffic calming improvements such as speed humps, chokers, sidewalks, crosswalks and signs may be installed on residential streets through this program. To learn more about how this program can help improve your neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Traffic Issues page.
If you see a County roadway that needs repairs report it by calling 311 or by visiting CountyClick311
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Vision Zero, please contact us at VisionZeroPrinceGeorges@co.pg.md.us