Vision Zero West Side

As part of the larger Vision Zero Chicago initiative, Vision Zero West side is funded by a National Safety Council grant.  Through this program, plans will be developed for each High Crash Area that reflect local needs and community character. These plans will include data-driven responses to behaviors and conditions that cause severe traffic crashes.  The year-long program is embedded in the Community Areas of Austin, East and West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and the Near West Side.

Outreach Process
  1. Research & Data Collection, to create a profile for each Community Area.
  2. Listening & Planning, to gather community input into how traffic safety can be improved.
  3. Learning & Piloting, to create innovative programming and implement new ideas
  4. Reporting & Accountability, to communicate initiatives and opportunities to neighborhood stakeholders.
The team of four Community Organizers will
  • Survey neighborhood residents, community leaders, and other stakeholders regarding their transportation behaviors, habits, and beliefs.
  • Build support for the community-driven safety initiatives and other Area Plan implementation strategies.
  • Coordinate and lead community meetings, brainstorming sessions, safety-themed events, and other opportunities to educate and empower residents.
  • Collect and analyze frequent community feedback, which will allow residents to ask questions, share ideas, and direct programming.
  • Work with residents, community groups, faith leaders, Aldermen, District police, and other stakeholders to improve the safety of their neighborhoods.
  • Utilize feedback gathered during the grant period to directly inform the High Crash Area Plans.
VZWS Outreach Materials