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.
- Research & Data Collection, to create a profile for each Community Area.
- Listening & Planning, to gather community input into how traffic safety can be improved.
- Learning & Piloting, to create innovative programming and implement new ideas
- Reporting & Accountability, to communicate initiatives and opportunities to neighborhood stakeholders.
- 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.