The Municipality of Anchorage is committed to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on their roadways. They sought a plan to address the disparity in where fatal and severe crashes occur and who they impact and identify action items to achieve measurable improvement in road safety.
To understand where, why, and how crashes are happening, we looked beyond the typical engineering toolbox to fully consider human factors, public awareness, equity, emergency services, encouragement, enforcement, education, and evaluation. We combined geographic and statistical analysis methods for official data with up-to-the minute data sources to identify a high-injury network and developed a data analysis tool to facilitate future analyses. For example, we used hospital records to analyze demographic data and identify crash trends by populations. Using this data, we facilitated focus groups with non-profit agencies that serve the most vulnerable, underserved populations to define equity issues, risk to the populations and potential solutions. We also completed a pedestrian intercept survey at transit stops to understand community concerns, with a focus on disadvantaged groups and vulnerable users who are actively using the high injury network.
A toolbox was also developed for the Municipality to provide a menu of countermeasures to address bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle safety.
A Vision Zero Action Plan That Looks Beyond the Typical Toolbox
The Anchorage Vision Zero Action Plan is a three-year guiding document detailing measurable action items for designing safer streets, educating the public, changing policies, and enforcing safe behavior. The Action Plan was used to leverage a public health grant to fund implementation of the plan over a five-year period. We are currently leading the plan implementation and actively working with a Vision Zero Core Working Group and Advisory Committee to champion and sustain the program.
You can find the plan and the latest reports here.